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NHL "Pound-ed" with doping allegations
Dick Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, made comments suggesting that 30% of NHL players were using some sort of a performance enchnacing substance. Pound's agency oversees anti-doping rules for amateur athletics at the Olympic level and he was speaking with the press after an engagement at the University of Western, in London, Ontario. He said, "I spoke with Gary (NHL commissioner Gary Bettman) and he said 'We don't have the problem in hockey … I told him he does. You wouldn't be far wrong if you said a third (of hockey players are gaining some pharmaceutical assistance).''
Dynamo Moscow wants Ovechkin back
And can you blame them? Even though Sidney Crosby stole much of the spotlight over the last couple of years and in the early parts of this season, one could easily make the case that Alexander Ovechkin
has been the best NHL rookie so far this season. Now his old Russian team, Dynamo Moscow, wants a U.S. court to enforce a Russian arbitrator's ruling that it still owns the rights to the first overall pick from the 2004 NHL draft. This summer, Ovechkin met a deadline to opt out of his 2005-06 contract with another Russian club, Avangard Omsk. This meant he could play with the Washington Capitals of the NHL. But his previous Russian club, Dynamo Moscow, says that it has the rights to the 20 year old phenom because it matched Avangard Omsk's offer to Ovechkin but without an opt-out clause.
Larmer's resignation sends NHLPA into tailspin
The 2005-06 NHL season has been special for fans. Not only has their beloved game returned after a one year hiatus, but the quality of the on ice play has been very entertaining. We finally can finally see superstars like Jaromir Jagr, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Dany Heatley at their best. But the National Hockey League Player Association (NHLPA) is not in very good shape. Ever since the deal was signed and Bob Goodenow was replaced by Ted Saskin, the NHLPA has seen its fair share of infighting
and dissention amongst the ranks. The most recent shoe to drop was the resignation of former NHLer Steve Larmer from his seven-year stint as the head of player relations for the union. Larmer sent a scathing letter to union boss Saskin and the player reps, announcing his decision to step down.
Steve Yzerman not too impressed with the new NHL
Even as many fans seem to be enjoying the increased offensive play in the "new NHL", veteran Red Wing great Steve Yzerman is far from impressed. He made his displeasure known in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. Stevie Y
believes that referees should use better judgment when calling penalties. "Everybody keeps saying this is great. It's not great," Yzerman told the Free Press. "It's not hockey. Good referees used to have good judgment. Now they've taken that out of the game. I'm not saying I'm blaming the referees for it, I just feel the whole thing has to be adjusted and they have to look at this seriously. They can't continue to call irrelevant things that have no business being called."