Found April 30, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The Czech national team’s program is a very, very…Political animal, with players who’ve gained the good graces of the team’s coaches and management currying favor in terms of “earning” spots on World Junior Championship, World Championship and even Olympic rosters, so it is with consternation but not surprise that I report a bizarre scenario to you this morning: While the Czechs announced that Wings prospect Petr Mrazek would join their roster on Sunday evening, today, the Czech news agency CTK reports that Czech coach Alois Hadamczik and GM Slavomir Lener (who famously suggested that North American junior hockey leagues had all but destroyed the Czechs’ developmental hockey program at the 2010 World Hockey Summit) have chosen to drop Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl from the team, replacing him with Slavia Prague defenseman and 20-year-old Jakub Krejcik. Continue reading "Red Wings overnight report: Kindl cut from Czechs’ Worlds team; Mrazek, Franzen gab about tournament"

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