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CBJ’s Nash named captain for Team Canada at 2011 IIHF Hockey Championships

 

Hockey Canada announced earlier in the week that Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash has been named captain for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championships, which are taking place currently through May 15 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

Hockey Canada has also announced four alternate captains who will split these duties over the course of the event: Atlanta Thrashers left wing Andrew Ladd, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza and New Jersey Devils Travis Zajac.

Rick Nash (file photo)

The 26-year-old Nash, is a five-time NHL All-Star who led the Blue Jackets in scoring with 32-34-66 in 75 games this season. The native of Brampton, Ontario is a Team Canada veteran having represented his country at the 2010 and 2006 Olympic Games, the 2008, 2007 and 2005 World Championships and the 2002 World Junior Championships.

Nash has won gold medals at the 2010 Olympics and the 2007 World Championships (All-Tournament Team selection) and earned a silver medal at the 2008 and 2005 (All-Tournament Team) World Championships and 2002 WJC tournament.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Blackhawks show Niemi the door; usher in Turco as number one goalie

Marty Turco now a Blackhawk (nhl)

Marty Turco was not offered a new contract by the cost-cutting Dallas Stars a few weeks ago.

But now, that’s all a memory as he will now be playing for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Turco replaces Stanley Cup hero Antii Niemi as the Blackhawks’ top goaltender. He could’ve got a longer contract with more money with another team, but he wants a championship ring. Turco’s deal is one-year for $1.3 million.

The Blackhawks have high expectations from the 34-year-old Turco, a Michigan product, who has played all nine of his NHL seasons with Dallas. The three-time All-Star has never advanced past the conference finals in six playoff appearances with the Stars.

Niemi, 26, helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup this past season after earning $826,875 as a rookie. He was awarded a $2.75 million salary for next season by an arbitrator last week, which would’ve put the team in a tight spot. The NHL’s salary cap is $59.4 million next season and some hockey experts said that with Niemi’s new salary, it would’ve put the Blackhawks over the limit.

Niemi becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Finn played all but one period of Chicago’s postseason run to the NHL title, going 16-6 with a 2.63 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts.

Niemi will make the eighth player to leave the Blackhawks since the winning the Stanley Cup. The others include Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Adam Burish, Colin Fraser and Kris Versteeg. 37-year-old John Madden, another unrestricted free agent, has yet to sign with a team.

compiled from Chicago Blackhawks and NHL news

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS UPDATE: Games 1, 2, 3; Chicago up 2-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

GAME 1

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers had a wild opening game to the Stanley Cup playoffs. The winning goal came from an unlikely hero.

Tomas Kopecky, scratched in the previous five games and playing because of an injury to Andrew Ladd, took a great pass from Kris Versteeg in the third period and scored from a tough, acute angle past Backup goalie Brian Boucher to give Chicago a 6-5 victory on Saturday night.

GAME 2

Chicago goalie Antii Niemi back in his native Finland used to make a few extra bucks driving a Zamboni at the hockey arena. He’s now clearing pucks in the NHL for more than a few extra bucks.

Antii Niemi (nhl)

Niemi made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period and Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 series lead.

Niemi held his poise as the Flyers put on the extra attacker the last 1:44 of the game, but couldn’t score.

GAME 3

Claude Giroux scored 5:59 into the overtime period to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, cutting  the Blackhawks lead in the series to 2-1.

Minutes after the Flyers thought they scored the winner only to have a video review uphold the on-ice call of no goal, Giroux redirected Matt Carle’s pass past Antii Niemi to end the third straight one-goal game in the series.

Giroux was picked four years ago in the NHL Draft by then-general manager Bobby Clarke who forgot his name up on the podium.

Clarke, who led the Flyers to their only two championships in 1974 and 1975, couldn’t recall Giroux’s name after Philadelphia chose him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft. It was Clarke who scored Philadelphia’s last overtime goal in the finals against Boston in Game 2 of the 1974 series.