Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Giants' Osipov traded in KHL . . . Uher gets to NHL . . . WHL webcasts free

D Jakub Čutta (Swift Current, 1998-2001) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with Pardubice (Czech Republic, Extraliga). Last season, with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga), he had three goals and four assists in 29 games. He also had one assist in 10 games with SaiPa Lappeenranta (Finland, Liiga). . . .
Amur Khabarovsk (Russia, KHL) has traded the rights to D Dmitri Osipov (Vancouver, 2013-present) to Sochi (Russia, KHL) for F Rafael Akhmetov. Osipov was selected first overall by Khabarovsk in the 2013 KHL junior draft. He was the first overall selection, by Vancouver, in the CHL’s 2013 import draft. . . . This season, with the Giants, Osipov, 18, has a goal and six assists in 33 games.

F Brendan Woods, the son of Bob Woods, the general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades, made his NHL debut on Tuesday night. Brendan played 6:10 for the Carolina Hurricanes as they beat the host New Jersey Devils, 2-1. . . . Yes, Bob was in attendance. . . . Brendan had one hit and one shot, and was minus-1. . . . He was a fifth-round selection by Carolina, out of the U of Wisconsin, in the 2012 NHL draft. . . . This season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has five goals and three assists in 42 games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. He was returned to the Checkers following last night‘s game. . . . Brendan now has played one more NHL game than his father, although Bob spent five season as an NHL assistant coach before joining the Blades.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, with 11 or 12 players out with illness, mostly the mumps, or injuries, recalled F Dominik Uher on Tuesday. He had been with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Penguins. . . . Uher, who played three seasons with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, was selected by the Penguins in the 11th round of the NHL’s 2011 draft. He made his NHL debut last night as the Penguins lost 4-3 to the host Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . Uher played 7:17, including 27 seconds shorthanded, had one hit, and was minus-1. . . . F Tyler Johnson, who played with Uher for two seasons in Spokane, scored three times for Tampa Bay. Johnson has 13 goals this season.
A note from Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post:
“The best part of the 2014-15 Pats: Win or lose, they play an exciting style. The players are encouraged to be creative. The coaches do not respond punitively if an attempt at a picturesque play is unsuccessful. Head coach John Paddock and his predecessor, Malcolm Cameron, helped to usher in a welcome departure from the chip-and-chase, get-pucks-deep horror.”
When the WHL resumes play, its Saturday and Sunday webcasts will be free at whl.neulion.com. Use WHLHOLIDAYS as the promo code.
Rob Friend of Kelowna had a terrific soccer career that included stops in Norway, Germany and The Netherlands. He played this season with the L.A. Galaxy as it won the MLS championship. However, he wasn’t able to play in the championship game. In fact, he had already announced his impending retirement thanks to post-concussion syndrome. . . . Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press has Friend’s story right here.
There are lists and there are lists, and then there is Rolling Stone’s list of the biggest sports controversies of 2014. Written by Jeb Lund, it is rather scathing, and it is right here.

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