The Las Vegas Golden Knights signed the first Russian in their short-lived franchise history last night. The team announced the acquisition of 30-year-old center Vadim Shipachyov with a two-year contract for $9 million.
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The Canadiens quest to have every Russian defensemen on their roster grew ever closer with the acquistion of Nikita Nesterov. The 23-year-old was traded for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick in 2017 joining the likes of fellow Russian blue-liners Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin. As a pending RFA with an expansion draft on the horizon, Tampa likely wanted to free cap space while the Canadiens looked to bolster their defensive corps.
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It took just 35 seconds into the Capitals game vs the Penguins for Alex Ovechkin to become just the 4th Russian-born player to score 1,000 points in an NHL career. Ovi joins the likes of Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny, and Alexei Kovalev along with 80 other legendary players to reach the plateau. The 31-year-old also becomes just the 37th player to score all 1,000 points with one franchise as well as the 24th fasted to reach it in games played with 880.
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Any possibility of Artemi Panarin leaving Chicago this off-season was snuffed out last night with the Blackhawks announcing the reigning Calder Trophy winner has signed a two-year extension. The “breadman” certainly got quite the bridge deal which will earn him $12 million the next two seasons which is a bump up from his current $835,000 salary.
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After years of rumors and speculation, Nail Yakupov’s career with the Oilers is over. Earlier tonight, the 23-year-old Nizhnekamsk native was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for a 2017 conditional third round pick. Just the third Russian in NHL history to be taken first overall, Yakupov’s time in Edmonton was rocky at best as he never quite lived up to the expectations of both fans and media.
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On Saturday night, the hopes and dreams of a once proud hockey nation went out with a whimper as the not so mighty #RedMachine was once again sent home early from a best of tournament. Usually a role reserved for Finland, the Russians were eliminated from contention against old foes Canada in this years edition of disappointment.
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Team Russia entered their final game in group play against Finland with a simple goal. Win. A loss would have seen the North American young guns leap frog them and fce the hosts. Instead, it was a determined group effort to steamroll past a Finnish team that has been a nightmare for the Russian hockey program in recent years. After a scoreless first period, Russia would breakthrough with some slick passing by captain Alex Ovechkin to a wide open Vladimir Tarasenko for the 1-0 lead. It would be the Blues forwards second goal in as many games.
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After last night’s letdown against the Swedes, Team Russia had little chance to sulk. Partially in part to a literal rude awakening at the hotel, but also because the young guns of North America awaited mere hours later. What Russia would come out after coming so close to clawing their way against a strong Swedish team versus a team that has existed for a good two weeks? It looked to be more of the same from Sunday, as again Russia allowed the first goal after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel made Pavel Datsyuk and the D corps look pedestrian for the quick lead. Russia would get numerous chances on the man advantage but could barely muster any sort of offense as that “here we go again” feeling slowly crept into everyones head.
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According to Russian media, Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin is set to sign a two-year deal with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow. The 21-year-old is said to be unhappy with the direction of Dallas under head coach Lindsay Ruff. In 166 NHL games, the 10th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft scored 23 goals and 41 assists. Following a promising rookie season in which he scored 34 points in 79 games, injury saw his sophomore follow-up wash away and his junior year while positive never saw him stick on any one line.
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Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey campaign started much like their last campaign ended, all guts and no glory. Twelve years have passed since Russia couldn’t beat the USA in the quarterfinals back in 2004 and if their effort against Sweden earlier today was any indication, they won’t be beating anyone anytime soon. A team that is so rich with offensive talent that is filled with Rocket Richard, Selkie, Conn Smythe, Hart and even Veznina trophy winners can never hit its stride on the international level.
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