Russia finally announces Olympic camp invitees


Today, Russia announced the list of players who will be invited to participate in the tryouts for the national team in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The team is almost split evenly between NHL players and KHL players as Russia looks for their third major title in as many years.

Most of the players who featured in the team’s 2009 World Championship campaign were invited along with those who were in the midst of a playoff series. Notably missing from the invitees are Nikolai Khabibulin, Slava Kozlov, and Sergei Mozyakin who lead the KHL in scoring with 76 points in 56 games.

Below is the list of the players who will be invited to the CSKA facilities in Moscow for the shot to restore national pride to a country who has not captured Olympic gold since the days of the Soviet Union.

The camp will be held Aug. 29-Sep. 1. Teams have until Dec. 30 to submit final rosters, although they can make injury substitutions up until Feb. 15, the day before the Olympic tournament begins in Vancouver.

Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks)
Simeon Varlamov (Washington Capitals)

Vitali Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL)
Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers)
Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Maxim Kondratiev (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA Moscow, KHL)
Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens)
Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Vitali Proshkin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Oleg Tverdovsky (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Vitali Vishnevsky (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL)
Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators)
Alexei Zhitnik (Dynamo Moscow, KHL)
Sergei Zubov (Dallas Stars)

Evgeny Artyukhin (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres)
Konstantin Gorovikov (SKA St. Petersburg, KHL)
Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Sergei Zinoviev (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Alexei Kovalev (Ottawa Senators)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers)
Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL)
Oleg Saprykin (Dynamo Moscow, KHL)
Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals)
Alexei Tereschenko (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL)
Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL)
Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings)

Russia defeats Sweden in OT 6-5

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In Russia’s first game of the qualification/elimination stage of the 2009 IIHF World Championship the team of mostly KHL players defeated Sweden 6-5 in OT. After surrendering the lead with under 2 minutes to go Russia would get the winner from Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Dimitri Kalinin for his second of the game. Ilya Bryzgalov backstopped Russia to the win with 33 saves allowing his team to remain undefeated. Other goals came from Ilya Nikulin and Oleg Saprykin. They take on the US on Saturday.

Big Nik headed to Big Apple, Kalinin to the desert

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Wednesday’s trade deadline saw the Toronto Maple Leafs send Nik Antropov to the New York Rangers for a 2009 draft pick as well as a conditional pick in 2010. Antropov, who was excluded from Tuesday’s loss to the New Jersey Devils in anticipation of a move, will feature in the Rangers dismal power play as his 6’6 frame will help up front. The 29-year old Antropov is in the final year of a two-year contract and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. It will be just his second club in his nine-year career. With his addition to the Rangers roster he is tied with Scott Gomez for second most points this year, one shy of Nikoali Zherdev.

He could also possibly center Zherdev. Coaches often believe fellow countrymen or a common language can have a great chemistry, which may be the case here. While Antropov is from Kazakhstan and Zherdev, Ukraine, both have played in Russia. Antropov should feature in tomorrow’s game against the New York Islanders but his debut may be overshadowed by the return of super pest Sean Avery.

The Rangers also made another trade later in the day to acquire defensemen Derrek Morris from Phoenix for Dimitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha, and Nigel Dawes. The 28-year-old Kalinin, a Chelyabinsk native, only registered 1 goal and 12 assists in through 58 games.