Kovalchuk Blasted, Blackballed

Kovalchuk left off Russian National Team

National team head coach Vladimir Krikunov (who is also the head coach for Dynamo Moscow) is adamant he will not call Kovalchuk.
“I gave him a chance at the Olympics and at the World Championship last year”, said Krikunov to Sport-Express.
“Who was it that got drunk in Vienna during the last World Championships? Take a guess! But for some reason, this wasn’t written about in the (Russian) press. Instead, the coaches were blamed for everything.

Penguins, Hall of Fame GM Patrick parting ways

Craig Patrick, the Hall of Fame general manager who built the Pittsburgh Penguins’ two Stanley Cup winning teams but had to tear the club apart because of financial problems, is being let go after nearly 17 years on the job.

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