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February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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ALL-TIME $$$ KINGS

Imagine if Jaromir Jagr hadn’t left the NHL to play in the KHL for three seasons. His Hall-of-Fame numbers would be even fatter. And so would his lead on the NHL’s all-time salary leaderboard. According to a list posted on capgeek.com, Jagr has made nearly $118 million in North America, about $9 million more than Chris Pronger, the No. 2 player on the top 50 ranking. Other legends, such as Wayne Gretzky (109th at $42.6 million), Mario Lemieux (66th at $52.5 million) and Patrick Roy (45th at $59.2 million) are a little lower than you might expect for a couple reasons. First, the numbers are calculated post-salary disclosure, from 1990 onward, meaning significant portions of Gretzky’s and Lemieux’s careers are not included. And their average pays during the 1980s ($2 million per…

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OLYMPIC TORCH TRULY DOES BURN

REGARDLESS OF THE CAPACITY IN which you serve, being asked to represent your country at an Olympics is an honor. But if I owned an NHL team and watched the selection process for the 2014 Sochi Games men’s teams play out, I’d insist my GM pass on any offer to head up a selection committee. The Olympics’ real-world implications have the potential to devastate an NHL franchise. And though there’s no better reward for a hockey person than national glory, the stakes are too high and risks too great for a GM’s employers to share valuable mental resources. To recognize this isn’t to slight Lightning GM Steve Yzerman (the final authority on Canada’s team), Flames boss Brian Burke (one of the voices in Team USA’s management structure) or anyone involved in…

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WHEN FRIENDS BECOME FOES

WHEN NASHVILLE’S SHEA Weber won the gold medal in Vancouver, he did so at the expense of defense partner Ryan Suter, who was on Team USA when Canada claimed that famous overtime victory. It’s the strange reality of international hockey, as the overwhelming majority of the world’s best players congregate in the NHL, but it’s one everybody is pre-pared for when Sochi comes around. “Obviously guys do it through world championships and it even starts with the world juniors,” Weber said. “It’s just part of the tradition of the hockey world. To get an opportunity to play for your country, everyone is excited to do that. Then you have to go back to your teammates and the regular season.” After Vancouver, the NHL self even had fun with the concept when…

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CANADIAN ADAPTATION

ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WERE THREE BOYS FROM Winnipeg. They grew up playing hockey against each other as kids, then in the Western League and eventually the NHL. But unlike many hockey tales that follow this familiar narrative, this is not where this story ends. For Cam Barker, Dustin Boyd and Nigel Dawes, this is where another exciting chapter begins. In a land far away from their home on the Prairies, the three have come together as teammates, in a place they never imagined their paths would merge: Astana, Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan, a primarily Muslim country, is located in central Asia between Russia and China, and is the largest landlocked country in the world. Astana became the capital in 1997, at that time knocking Ottawa from its place as the world’s…