The World Cup of Hockey is over. It received praise and it received criticism in its return. In a twist from previous tournaments, organizers decided to field a Team North America, consisting of players under the age of 23 from the U.S. and Canada, and a Team Europe, consisting of players from eight different countries outside of Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Russia. Both teams were called gimmicks. Against the odds — 33/1 to win the tournament when it began — Team Europe overcame a sluggish start in the pre-tournament round to nearly force a third and decisive game in the World Cup final versus powerhouse Canada. At the beginning, the addition of Team Europe, led by Anze Kopitar, to this
ESPN.com news services Tampa Bay Lightning leading scorer Nikita Kucherov is not in training camp and the regular season looms less than two weeks away. Kucherov, a restricted free agent, will hold out until he signs a new deal, his agent Scott Greenspun told Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, according to tampabay.com. Kucherov, 23, topped the Lightning with 66 points last season on 30 goals and 36 assists. He also paced the team in the playoffs with 11 goals and 19 points. Despite not being in camp, Kucherov has been on the ice recently, playing for Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey.