NHL notes: CHL to ban European goalies

Barrie Colts goalie Mathias Niederberger, a native of Germany, makes a save in the first period of...

Barrie Colts goalie Mathias Niederberger, a native of Germany, makes a save in the first period of game seven of the OHL championship against the London Knights in May. (DEREK RUTTAN/ The London Free Press /QMI AGENCY)

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It appears the Canadian Hockey League is indeed moving ahead with a ban on European goalies.

Starting in July's import draft, the CHL -- considered the top development league in the world -- will grandfather in a restriction on drafting goalies hailing from Europe and elsewhere.

The developments, which haven't been confirmed by the CHL or any of its three member leagues, reveal European goalies will only be eligible in the first round of the 2013 import draft. In 2014, they will be excluded altogether.

It should be noted that Americans are not considered imports in the CHL, so they will be exempt from the new rules.

The change, which had been hotly debated for months, was apparently made official Monday night. The Ontario Hockey League held a symposium addressing the supposed Canadian "goaltending crisis."

Many believe the imminent ruling is an overreaction to the so-called crisis -- that elite Canuck goalies are in short supply -- and will be regretted over the long-term.

NEALE, GREENBURG ENTER HALL

Get the Kleenex ready for November when Harry Neale and Jay Greenberg make their Hockey Hall of Fame induction speeches.

Two of the wittiest people in the game have been recognized by peers, Neale with the Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasting and former Toronto Sun columnist Greenberg with the Elmer Ferguson award. They'll join the players' class of 2013, to be revealed July 9.

"I thought the Hall was one of the more luxurious places in sports, but it never, ever crossed my mind that I'd get in," Neale said.

After failing to make it as an NHL player and his frequent hiring and firing as general manager and coach, Neale found security in broadcasting.

"I can say to people in that business I haven't lost a game in 24 years," he said with a laugh.

Greenberg started covering the Philadelphia Flyers, but his 40-year writing career brought him to the Kansas City Star, Sports Illustrated, the Hockey News and New York Post. He entertained Sun readers in the early '90s when the Leafs and Blue Jays were on a roll.

BRIEFLY: Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is taking a rather unusual approach to contact negotiations. Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch he's proceeding in negotiations as if goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has "already won" the Vezina Trophy. The Jackets are reported to be in a battle with the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg to ink the 24-year-old netminder "¦ Former Ottawa Senators defenceman Mike Lundin has signed with the KHL's Barys Astana. In six seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and Sens, Lundin accumulated four goals and 32 assists over 252 games.


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