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07:42 AM ET 02.20 | At the highest levels of Russia's hockey program -- publicly, anyway -- the reaction to losing Wednesday has been measured. Russia will not consider appointing a foreign hockey coach after its surprise elimination from the Olympics, Russian Hockey Federation head Vladislav Tretiak said Thursday. ... Following the defeat, some Russian pundits called for the hiring of a foreign coach to reform the team, along the lines of the non-Russian trainers who have led the country's football team to success over the last decade. "I can't imagine a foreigner in this post," said Tretiak. ... Current coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov has said he wants to stay in charge. Tretiak described him as "one of the strongest" coaches around but would not be drawn on his future with the national team.

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February 20, 2014  08:45 AM ET

The good news for the Russians is this should be the last Olympics with NHL players.



The bad news - the Finns will still kick their arces.

February 20, 2014  09:04 AM ET

Russian officials consider drastic measures

I don't see how a Kansas album released in the 1980s is going to help.

February 20, 2014  09:35 AM ET
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What they need to do is something akin to what Germany did in the early 2000's in soccer. They had gone from being a powerhouse and perennial contender to a team that came within a corrupt FIFA referee of not qualifying for the 98 World Cup and one that didn't qualify out of their group at Euro 2000. They completely reformed the grassroots level of the game - gave incentives to teams to improve their academies, created better youth league structures, synchronized the formations of their national youth teams so that when it came time to play for the senior national team, they had been playing with the same players in the same roles for almost a decade. Today, Germany is a favourite in every tournament they enter and while they haven't won a tournament yet, since 2002 they have made a World Cup final, two semi-finals and a Euro final, and were the only country to send 4 teams the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, where last season two German teams faced each other in the final itself. It's a long process, but the results later on are worth it.

True.

February 20, 2014  09:43 AM ET
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What they need to do is something akin to what Germany did in the early 2000's in soccer. They had gone from being a powerhouse and perennial contender to a team that came within a corrupt FIFA referee of not qualifying for the 98 World Cup and one that didn't qualify out of their group at Euro 2000. They completely reformed the grassroots level of the game - gave incentives to teams to improve their academies, created better youth league structures, synchronized the formations of their national youth teams so that when it came time to play for the senior national team, they had been playing with the same players in the same roles for almost a decade. Today, Germany is a favourite in every tournament they enter and while they haven't won a tournament yet, since 2002 they have made a World Cup final, two semi-finals and a Euro final, and were the only country to send 4 teams the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, where last season two German teams faced each other in the final itself. It's a long process, but the results later on are worth it.

exactly.....

February 20, 2014  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What they need to do is something akin to what Germany did in the early 2000's in soccer. They had gone from being a powerhouse and perennial contender to a team that came within a corrupt FIFA referee of not qualifying for the 98 World Cup and one that didn't qualify out of their group at Euro 2000. They completely reformed the grassroots level of the game - gave incentives to teams to improve their academies, created better youth league structures, synchronized the formations of their national youth teams so that when it came time to play for the senior national team, they had been playing with the same players in the same roles for almost a decade. Today, Germany is a favourite in every tournament they enter and while they haven't won a tournament yet, since 2002 they have made a World Cup final, two semi-finals and a Euro final, and were the only country to send 4 teams the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, where last season two German teams faced each other in the final itself. It's a long process, but the results later on are worth it.

not bad. But nothing tops what Pablo Escobar did for the Colombian national team

February 20, 2014  10:26 AM ET
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Russian officials consider drastic measuresI don't see how a Kansas album released in the 1980s is going to help.

Lol, that's so obscure, Canuck, funny but obscure. Was there a hit single off that album? I don't think so, can't remember, it would be worrisome if I could remember, haha ...

February 20, 2014  10:30 AM ET
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The good news for the Russians is this should be the last Olympics with NHL players. The bad news - the Finns will still kick their arces.

That's true. Next time they go back to the "amateur" players like they had before the fall of the Soviet Union. Draft a bunch of hockey players into the Army, make them play hockey 11 months out of the year and they should be able to beat some college kids. Well most of the time anyway.

February 20, 2014  10:38 AM ET

Next time all Russian refs.

February 20, 2014  10:41 AM ET
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Next time all Russian refs.

Either that, or the KGB will locate all of the refs families and let them know that there will be "repercussions" for bad calls.

February 20, 2014  10:42 AM ET
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Russian officials consider drastic measuresI don't see how a Kansas album released in the 1980s is going to help.

Drastic Measures, or Dust in the Wind???:")

February 20, 2014  10:44 AM ET
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Either that, or the KGB will locate all of the refs families and let them know that there will be "repercussions" for bad calls.

Scary thought. Word is Putin had a Wussy-Riot after they lost.

February 20, 2014  11:26 AM ET

Paging Dale Hunter , paging Dale Hunter , Mr.Putin for you on line 3 Mr.Hunter

February 20, 2014  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What they need to do is something akin to what Germany did in the early 2000's in soccer. They had gone from being a powerhouse and perennial contender to a team that came within a corrupt FIFA referee of not qualifying for the 98 World Cup and one that didn't qualify out of their group at Euro 2000. They completely reformed the grassroots level of the game - gave incentives to teams to improve their academies, created better youth league structures, synchronized the formations of their national youth teams so that when it came time to play for the senior national team, they had been playing with the same players in the same roles for almost a decade. Today, Germany is a favourite in every tournament they enter and while they haven't won a tournament yet, since 2002 they have made a World Cup final, two semi-finals and a Euro final, and were the only country to send 4 teams the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, where last season two German teams faced each other in the final itself. It's a long process, but the results later on are worth it.

Conceptually I agree, but your proof is flawed. Club teams are made up of players from all countries, not just the home country. The 2 German teams that made it to the CL final had many, many non-Germans. To use the success of German club teams as proof of better German soccer players (and thus better development) is incorrect.

February 20, 2014  12:53 PM ET

"Russian officials consider drastic measures"

But .... why? The KHL is every bit as good as the NHL. That's why everybody wants to play there. ;-)

February 20, 2014  12:55 PM ET
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Paging Dale Hunter , paging Dale Hunter , Mr.Putin for you on line 3 Mr.Hunter

Are you saying Mike Keenan's not enough for them?

February 20, 2014  04:08 PM ET

"Russian officials consider drastic measures"

They gave Ovechkin's dad a heart attack!

February 20, 2014  04:08 PM ET
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Paging Dale Hunter , paging Dale Hunter , Mr.Putin for you on line 3 Mr.Hunter

Dale's too tough for Putin. He'd be a Hunter-Riot.

February 20, 2014  06:22 PM ET

I heard on Pardon the interruption that the measures already started in the girls figure skating. A steal of the Gold.

 
February 21, 2014  07:50 AM ET

All KHL members on the team have promptly been sent to the Gulags

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