Anyone know why Yakupov is barred from playing while Jensen is allowed to?
Yakupov is under contract with the Sarnia Sting for the 2012-2013 season, and they didn't sign his transfer card before he left for the KHL. The IIHF fined his KHL team $5200 and are threatening to ramp up the penalties against him and the team if they continue to use him in games.
“Playing without an approved (transfer card) following an international transfer request is a breach of IIHF transfer regulations,” said spokesman Szymon Szemberg.
Katz will NEVER move the Oilers.
Pocklington will NEVER trade Gretzky.
They're completely different situations. Pocklington was legit strapped for cash, Katz is not even close to being in that realm. And well, we're taking trading a player w/out a NTC which can happen whenever two GM's wants vs moving out a whole franchise. They don't even compare.
10. Gary Bettman Was Locked In The Canucks Dressing Room During Gretzky's Record-Breaking Night
We'll just let Gatehouse take this one, from the March 23, 1994, Los Angeles Kings game at the LA Forum, in which Gretzky passed Howe:
The magic moment didn't come in the first period. Still, Bettman followed through with plans for a live, between-periods TV interview in a studio down at ice level. By the time it finished, just before play was to resume, he was in desperate need of a washroom. The nearest at hand was in the visitors' dressing room.
But while the commissioner was using the facilities the Canucks departed for their bench, padlocking the door behind them. Bettman didn't have his cell phone with him, so for long minutes he screamed and pounded on the door, hoping to attract someone's attention. He got lucky. A Vancouver trainer returned to the room to sharpen a skate and set him free.
The commissioner made it back to his seat just in time to see Gretzky snap a Marty McSorley feed past the Canucks' Kirk McLean at 14:47 of the second period. (Vancouver went on to win 6—3, spoiling the party.)
Oh, if only Bettman had been stuck in the actual bathroom and had a wireless mic like in "The Naked Gun". Gretzky scores, ceremony begins, disembodied Bettman voice intones:
"Wayne, they used to call you 'The Great One' (FLUSHES TOILET) but now you're the 'Greatest One'! (HAND DRYER BLOWING) ..."