Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press had a column on the Akim Aliu situation. The first line is great because the incident happened right after he signed a three year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Just like Herb Brooks said in the movie Miracle, "you can't win on talent alone." In this case, Aliu can't make the NHL on talent alone, nothing will ever be handed to him. Even it was one practice during training camp, you need to working as hard as you would in a game. Because the coaches are always watching, even though he's most likely penciled into the line-up, the coaches are watching to see who wants to be the leader. Hopefully Aliu learns his mistakes now then later. In the pros, they won't put up with it.
The Jared Knight situation has gone way to long. Sure he committed to something and didn't follow through on his contract. All the kid wants to do is to play hockey. I thought that's what USA Hockey primary goals was to let the kids play. What does that only go to the kids who just play in house leagues? Kids change their minds all the time, I know 20 and 21 year olds that don't know what they want to do with their lives. USA Hockey expects 16 year olds to know what they want? Please, take the 50,000 dollars and let the kid play. He has missed exhibition games because of politics. He needs that time on the ice.
Some other transfer news, the KHL says the NHL is poaching players. What I love about this is the fact the KHL is worried about 18 year olds. They are worried about the signing of 2008 Draft picks Vjateslav Voinov and Andrei Loktionov who were both drafted by the Los Angeles Kings. Please how much would they contribute in the KHL anyways this year? Nikita Filatov, has been cleared to play in North America this season. This war has no ending in sight.
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