Team Foligno makes more coin, but Team Toews has the Cups and gold medals

Ken Campbell
Alex Ovechkin (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS – We have no idea which team is going to win the All-Star Game Sunday afternoon, but we’re pretty sure which one is buying the drinks.

Boosted by the surprise late selection of Alex Ovechkin, Team Foligno broke the bank and shattered the NHL’s salary cap with a payroll of $122.91 million, more than $16 million more than Team Toews. The team also picked up $2.25 million in salary when it made a trade to acquire Phil Kessel for Tyler Seguin.

Where Team Toews is lacking at the pay window, however, it makes up for in team achievements. Led by the team captain, teammate Brent Seabrook and Patrik Elias, Team Toews has a total of 10 Stanley Cups, compared to nine for Team Foligno. And when it comes to Olympic gold medals, it’s not even close. Team Toews has 11 of them, while Team Foligno has just five. Read more

Nicklas Backstrom’s PED ordeal ends with settlement, sanity prevails

Nicklas Backstrom  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Almost 11 months after Nicklas Backstrom’s drug scandal ordeal began in Sochi, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have acknowledged what everyone seemed to know all along – that the Washington Capitals center was the victim of an honest, but costly mistake.

And, as a result, he’s getting his wrist slapped and we all move on.

The three bodies issued a joint statement Thursday that they had reached a settlement in the dispute, which was to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Read more

Ask Adam: The mailbag returns (for a limited time only)

Adam Proteau
Patric Hornqvist and James Neal

Hello again. I used to answer the mail on a weekly basis around here, and still will on special occasion. Thanks to those who submitted a question for the first, far less regular edition of Ask Adam in 2015. Here’s this file’s batch:

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Vince,

I wish I could be the NHL version of Antique Roadshow – and in a few years, that may in fact turn out to be the case – but alas for now. It’s next to impossible to judge just from a picture like that – a google image search had no matches – and it could be from any era. I’d have it appraised at a reputable memorabilia dealer near you. You don’t want to sell something like that online and wind up not getting sufficient value for what could be a valuable piece of hockey history, so go to the people who do this type of thing for a living.

Adam,

Can we believe NHL injury reports, or are they just something that is put out to satisfy a league requirement? For example, when Patric Hornqvist went out, he had taken a shot to the leg. It was almost immediately reported he had a lower body injury but would be out “a few weeks”. Now he is listed as having an upper body injury. Smells like post-concussion to me. Can you enlighten me? Thanks in advance.
Raymond Lees
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IIHF says Toronto could be sole World Junior host in 2017

Rene Fasel (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

On the heels of experiencing an attendance disaster in Montreal, the International Ice Hockey Federation is open to suggesting to Hockey Canada that the 2017 World Junior Championship be held exclusively in Toronto.

Both IIHF president Rene Fasel and Frank Gonzalez, an IIHF council member and WJC tournament director, acknowledged at a news conference Sunday that the Montreal numbers did not reach expectation and would consider the possibility of holding the entire tournament in Toronto.

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Getting To Know: Dan Boyle

Mark Malinowski
Dan Boyle (Jared Silber/Getty Images)

Status: New York Rangers defenseman.

HT: 5-11 WT: 190 pounds

DOB: July 12, 1976 In: Ottawa, Ontario

First Hockey Memory: “Like, me playing or watching? I was a Flyers fan growing up. So I just remember watching the Flyers whenever I could on TV. My favorite Flyers were Rick Tocchet and Ron Hextall. I wore #22 for Tocchet. I also liked Brian Leetch. I started skating when I was six years old.”

Hockey Inspirations: “The thrill of trying to win. Trying to win the Cup. I’ve been lucky enough to win it once but I want to do it again.”

Last Book Read: “I don’t read books. I can’t remember [smiles].”

Current Car: “Mercedes.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Winning the Cup (with Tampa in 2004).”

Most Painful Moment: “Most painful moment…probably last year.”

Favorite Uniforms: “I grew up a Flyers fan so I’ll just stick with that.”

Favorite Rinks To Play: “Madison Square Garden and the Shark Tank.”

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: “Why do I love playing hockey? Because that’s my passion. That’s what I love do to.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “Andre Roy.”

Fiercest Competitors Encountered: “Marty St. Louis.”

Most Memorable Goal: “First goal probably. Against Philadelphia (Vanbiesbrouck in 1999 with Florida).”

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I’ve had plenty [smiles].”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Golf.”

First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: “Wayne Gretzky was probably the most famous. I remember I talked with him on the phone. That was the first time, when he called me for the Olympic Team in 2006.”

Strangest Game: “Earlier this season we won the shootout, came in and had to get re-dressed because they called the goal off. So we had to go back and play and we lost. It was strange.”

Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty, loyalty, and competitiveness.”

Mark “Scoop” Malinowski is the author of the new tennis books “Facing Federer” and “Facing Hewitt” which are available at amazon. He’s currently working on “Facing Probert.”

Year in Review: top 10 stories of 2014

Sidney Crosby  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The calendar year of 2014 will be remembered for a lot of things, not the least of which was that it was the year in which a bunch of NHLers looked like Harry ‘Apple Cheeks’ Lumley. An outbreak of the mumps caused a number of players to log sick days and for the league to take precautions against a more widespread outbreak.

It will also be remembered for double gold for Canada…again, and a host of on- and off-ice developments that shaped the game. Here are the top 10 stories from 2014:

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Top 10 players of 2014: Game’s brightest shine in Olympic year

Sidney Crosby

Whether the NHL participates in the 2018 Olympics or not, it will forever be hard to top the talent seen in both the 2010 and 2014 games. Not only was the men’s game showcased on one of the brightest stages, the women’s game provided some incredible drama in the medal round.

As such, there is a pair of women on this year’s top 10 players. There are also appearances from a few future stars. One member of this list did outstanding things before becoming a pro, and is already making his mark on the NHL in his rookie season, while others are breaking out or remaining at the top of their games. Read more

Dominik Hasek, Scott Niedermayer headline 2015 IIHF Hall of Fame

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Already members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Scott Niedermayer and Dominik Hasek will enter the IIHF Hall of Fame as part of a seven-member class of 2015.

Other inductees include longtime Czech captain Robert Reichel, Sweden’s Maria Rooth, Fran Rider in the builder category, and Lucio Topatigh, an Italian national rewarded for his play for a non-top hockey nation. Read more