Yesterday’s free agent frenzy saw a few Russians take their talents to new places, or be rewarded by their current teams with contract extensions. Let’s take a quick glance around the league. Continue reading “NHL Free Agency Day 1 Round-Up”
On Saturday afternoon, the second worst-kept secret in hockey was finally official. Pavel Datsyuk announced to a small contingent of media, that he would forgo the final year of his 3-year $22.5 million deal and return to Russia to finish out his hockey career. Sighting family reasons, the “magic man” leaves the Red Wings in a bit of a jam. His $7.5 million cap hit will count against the only team he’s ever known and it’s unlikely they would find a team to eat it for them without giving up a aspiring prospect. If Detroit attempts to terminate the contract, the situation remains unchanged.
Continue reading “Pavel Datsyuk Officialy Leaves Red Wings, NHL”
The greatest Russian hockey player to play in the NHL was immortalized this past weekend and your favorite Russian hockey blog was on hand to witness it all.
Continue reading “Sergei Fedorov HHOF Weekend: FRWG Edition”
The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct just its sixth Russian-born player later this year as its saved the best for last with the nomination of Sergei Fedorov. In his first year of eligibility, the one-time Russian superstar will be immortalized among the likes of Gretzky, Howe, Kharlamov and Fetisov.
Continue reading “Sergei Fedorov Elected to The Hockey Hall of Fame”
(courtesy of The AP)
In a game where his line mate stole the show with a four-point night, Pavel Datsyuk reached two career milestones not too far from “Where dreams come true.” The 34-year-old center notched a goal and two assists just up the road from Disneyland in both scoring caterogories. Datsyuk broke a 1-1 tie with his 10th goal of the year and the 250th of his career.
He would add his 22nd helper on the season on Justin Abdelkader’s hattrick goal, while also reaching the 500 mark on his career. In 762 games played, Datsyuk has notched 751 points which translates to an average of 98.5 point percentage for his NHL career. This doesn’t come as a surprise however, since Pavel is Russian after all and currently sits 10th all-time amongst his countrymen.
Continue reading “Milestone Night in Anaheim For Pavel Datsyuk”
(photo courtesy of Chris Lee/St.Louis Post Dispatch)
With all eyes on the class of 2012 for the opening fixtures of the shortened 2013 season, it was one player from the class 2010 that stole the show. Making his NHL debut for the St.Louis Blues two years after being selected 16th overall, 21-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko scored not one, but two goals, in his first game in a Blues uniform.
Continue reading “Comrade of Opening Weekend-Vladimir Tarasenko”
The 2010-2011 season for Evgeni Nabokov was a disaster of epic proportions. Having signed a four-year $24 million contract with SKA St.Petersburg of the KHL before quitting just months later, Nabokov appeared headed back to the NHL. He was on the cusp of joining the Detroit Red Wings before he was scooped up by the goalie-happy New York Islanders.
Continue reading “Nabokov Shows Commitment to Isles with New Mask”
(UPDATE Again) The Islanders have since suspended Nabokov for not reporting to the team. There have been reports of the goalie actually hanging up on GM Garth Snow having mistook him for a media outliet before having his agent return his call for him. Owner Charles Wang has also attempted to reach the netminder to no avail. So as this stalemate stands the Islanders can appeal to have Nabokov suspended through next season so stay tuned to the newest debacle on Long Island.
(UPDATE): Just a few hours after being claimed by the Islanders, word got around that Nabokov would not report to the Islanders. This could determine any future Nabby plans on having in the NHL if he doesn’t change his mind. New York is not obligated to do anything and this could just be a stalemate for both parties. It’s clear they intended for having him with the team but it appears Nabokov envisioned playing for a contender when he left the KHL last month.
Continue reading “(Updated Again) Despite Signing with Wings, Nabokov Claimed by Islanders”
Datsyuk dances with Corey Perry (AP)
There isn’t much that Pavel Datsyuk can not do. A seasoned veteran and four-time Lady Byng Award recipient, Dats has been a model of consistency for the Detroit Red Wings since the lockout. Our second straight Comrade of the Night from Yekaterinburg, Datsyuk’s skills were on full display in Detroit’s home opener against the Anaheim Ducks.
Five minutes into the 2nd period, he scored a trademarked Datsyuk goal – one that makes your jaw drop in amazement, “How did he just do that?” – to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead. Detroit’s top unit was seemingly able to skate circles around the statue-esque Duck defenders as partner-in-crime Henrik Zetterberg took the puck at the blue line and passed it rather innocently down to Datsyuk, who was parked several feet to the left of Jonas Hiller. Instead of taking the pass, Datsyuk somehow calculated the exact perfect angle to redirect the puck through Hiller’s 5-hole, leaving everyone at JLA clueless.
It appears Slava Kozlov’s storied NHL career has come to an end as the 38-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal with his former Russian club CSKA Moscow of the KHL. Kozlov’s now former club the Atlanta Thrashers opted not to resign the veteran who had spent the last seven years with the team where he scored 145 of his 356 career goals.
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