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11-09-2004, 09:26 PM
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I can now confirm Marek Posmyk's career is over.

14 games in Austria, 1-0-1, 50PIMs, -4. That's terrible.

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11-09-2004, 09:33 PM
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Timo Helbling is 3rd in the NLA in Switzerland in PIMs with 62 in 19 games. Gangsta! Bling!

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First games of the Karjal Cup were yesterday:

Czech Republic-3
Finland-0

Eero Somervuori no scoring playing on the 3rd line for Finland. Even. Norrena takes the loss with 20/23 shots. Vaclav Prospal with an assist for the Czech Republic. +1

Sweden-2
Russia-1

But DNP. Looks like he was replaced on the final roster. Dimitry Afanasenkov on the 2nd line for Russia with Oleg Saprykin with no scoring. Even. Sweden outshot Russia by a mile.

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11-13-2004, 08:39 PM
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Game two of the Karjala Cup:

Sweden-3
Czech Republic-2

Sweden wins on penalty shots. Prospal with an assist for the Czechs.

Finland-4
Russia-3

Norrena DNP. Affy DNP, don't know why. Somervuori is the extra forward as Finland dresses 13. No scoring, -1.

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11-15-2004, 01:06 AM
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Finland 5-2 Sweden

Norrena 3+12+16=31 31/33

Norrena had an abosulutely magnificent save in the end of the second period. First he stopped a shot by one of the Swedes, another Swede got the rebound and passed it to Daniel Sedin.
norrena at this point was slightly out of his crease, say a yard, Sedin shoots at an empty net. Norrena dives like a soccer goalie to his left and saves the shot with his right hand shoveling the puck into his glove.

Wow!

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11-15-2004, 09:30 AM
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Finland 5-2 Sweden

Norrena 3+12+16=31 31/33

Norrena had an abosulutely magnificent save in the end of the second period. First he stopped a shot by one of the Swedes, another Swede got the rebound and passed it to Daniel Sedin.
norrena at this point was slightly out of his crease, say a yard, Sedin shoots at an empty net. Norrena dives like a soccer goalie to his left and saves the shot with his right hand shoveling the puck into his glove.

Wow!
Wishing that he was signed and logging two-thirds of the load in Springfield instead of Jamie Storr....

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11-15-2004, 10:05 AM
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Rämö was with the U19 national team (essentially U20 B) when they faced the Czechs thrice. The first game ended in a tie, Rämö was 12/16. He didn't play in the last two.

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11-16-2004, 01:55 AM
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Finland 5-2 Sweden

Norrena 3+12+16=31 31/33

Norrena had an abosulutely magnificent save in the end of the second period. First he stopped a shot by one of the Swedes, another Swede got the rebound and passed it to Daniel Sedin.
norrena at this point was slightly out of his crease, say a yard, Sedin shoots at an empty net. Norrena dives like a soccer goalie to his left and saves the shot with his right hand shoveling the puck into his glove.

Wow!
http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=19901

And here's the save, in the middle of a Henrik Sedin interview. Click "Commentarer efter matchen" under the "Sverige förlorade - Finland vann Karjala Cup" topic.

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11-16-2004, 08:42 AM
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Wishing that he was signed and logging two-thirds of the load in Springfield instead of Jamie Storr....
I second that.

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11-17-2004, 10:36 AM
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Honestly, would it have made much of a difference?

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11-17-2004, 10:48 AM
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Honestly, would it have made much of a difference?
In Springfield's win-loss record? No, of course not. But... I just don't think Storr is going to see much time as a NHL backup. Certainly better to have in the organization waiting in the wings than a Wade Flaherty for instance, but it is obvious so far, that Storr is *emergency* backup material at this point, and frankly, I expected a bit more. I expected Storr to have a save percentage hovering around 93%.

On the other hand, I think Norrena can possibly pull NHL backup duty and am very curious how he translates to the NA game. Admittedly, my desire for Norrena in goal as opposed to Storr is not based on what is better for Springfield (win-loss wise), but more on that I am more interested in Norrena as a goaltender in the Tampa system than I am in Storr as a goaltender in the Tampa system.

IMO, Storr has topped out and is on his way down. I don't think that to be the case with Norrena.

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11-19-2004, 08:11 PM
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Better to use up Storr then than put a guy you have hopes for in front of the firing squad.

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Better to use up Storr then than put a guy you have hopes for in front of the firing squad.
The thing is, I don't know if we DO, in fact, have hopes for him. Without bothering to look it up, he's what...29 now? I can't see us bringing over a 30+ year old goalie who'll need to adjust to North American play. The window is closing for him, if it hasn't closed already.

Like X, I was interested in seeing this guy in action in North America, because his #s in the European leagues lead me to think he'd be capable as an NHL backup. Bringing him over here would also increase his worth to the organization as a tradeable commodity (I know that makes him sound like cattle instead of a person, but you know what I mean), and that's not a bad thing either.

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11-20-2004, 03:27 PM
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He's definitely old, yes, but there have been old goaltenders who have come over from Europe to play here. Cechmanek was 29-30 when he came across the pond.

As to the Lightning's interest, I would guess the price would have to be right.

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11-20-2004, 03:38 PM
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As to the Lightning's interest, I would guess the price would have to be right.
They were willing to bring him over last season, but Norrena's agent wouldn't agree to a two-way deal. Usually, that's a deal-breaker for Feaster.

Word was that Norrena's agent called Feaster this spring and eased up and indicated that two-way deal could be done. The implication was that Norrena at least wanted to have an opportunity for NHL action. When the CBA expired and the resulting lockout happened, Norrena wasn't interested in an AHL gig with no chance for call-up.

Maybe next year if/when the lockout ends, Norrean will come over on a two-way deal....

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11-21-2004, 01:35 PM
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Well, as you all know, Jay Feaster has said that the team may only sign one of the three young goaltenders (Boutin, Coleman and Ramo) next summer. That said, its easy enough to get stats from the QMJHL and OHL, but not nearly so easy from Finland. So I finally sat down this afternoon and did the math on Ramo's stats through 11/20 in Finnish Jr. A. These aren't official but they should be pretty darned close.

Ramo, Karri (Pelicans A)
734 Mins Played, 360 Saves, 390 Shots Against, 4W-5L-3T, 3SO, .923sv%, 2.45 GAA

He had a lull in October where he lost 4 straight starts but on 10/30 he stopped 50 out of 50 shots to preserve a 0-0 tie with Blues A. Since then he's been on fire posting 2 shutouts in his last 4 starts and only surrendering 5 goals on his last 142 shots faced (.965 sv%).

He's also gotten a cup of coffee with the SM-Liiga team surrendering 4 goals in one start with a .897 sv% for the game.

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11-24-2004, 08:58 AM
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The latest on Ramo...

Pasi Nurminen quit the Pelicans to go play in Sweden. As a consequence, Ramo is now the backup goaltender for them at the Sm-liiga level. The team isn't very good, as evidenced by a 12-3 shelacking in their last game. Unofficially, Ramo stopped 15-16 in relief.

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Eero Somervuori now tied for 5th in the SM-liiga in scoring with 23 points in 26 games. Wish he had stayed in NA.

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11-28-2004, 08:09 PM
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Even better than Somervuori's feats in the SM-liiga (because it seems to me the Finns aren't paying as many NHLers to come into their league), Anton But got an assist for Yaroslavl in a 2-1 loss to Spartak today.

That leaves But tied for 5th in the Superleague in scoring with 21 points in 30 games. That's a amazing considering he only had 22 points in 51 games last season. He struggled a bit when the NHLers came in after the lockout started, but now he's not looking all that out of place man up against top notch competition.

Gotta say, we're blessed to have two guys in the top 5 in scoring in two of the best league's in Europe. I'd love to see them come to NA (or come back in Somervuori's case). If only money were no obstacle. Sigh.

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11-28-2004, 10:32 PM
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Eero Somervuori now tied for 5th in the SM-liiga in scoring with 23 points in 26 games. Wish he had stayed in NA.
Welcome to the board, Shadow.

Regarding Eero... Word from Lightning brass is that Eero's stint in Europe is lockout-related. He'll be back when there's the possibility of play NHL hockey again, even if that means an AHL assignment. Just didn't want a dead-end AHL job.

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11-28-2004, 10:34 PM
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So Jay is accepting Eero's excuse now? You and I both now how pissed Feaster was when Eero left.

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So Jay is accepting Eero's excuse now? You and I both now how pissed Feaster was when Eero left.
No new info... same stuff you know about. Yeah, he was pissed, but Jay only signed him to a one year deal, so he has to play the fiddler on that one. I don't think there is any lasting hard feelings from the organization. It makes business sense for Eero. He's making more $$ in Europe than he would make on a AHL contract here with no opportunity for call-up. I'm pretty sure he'll be back NA-side.

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Bear in mind Jay held a grudge for almost a half a decade the last time he had a run in with Eero's agent.

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Bear in mind Jay held a grudge for almost a half a decade the last time he had a run in with Eero's agent.
IMO, with the Lightning's serious lack of top-end skill up front, Jay can't afford to play the part of the spurned lover with some agent when the reason the player departed for Europe in the first place was because the club locked out it's players.

Feaster needs Eero's skill. Plain and simple.

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