Panthers Trade Dmitri Kulikov to Sabres

kuliiJust as the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft was getting underway, the hosts team made a bit of a splash. Buffalo announced they had dealt Mark Psysk along with their 38th and 89th picks for defensemen Dmitri Kulikov and Florida’s 33rd pick. Kulikov balances out the Sabres blue-line with his left-handed shot and has one year on his contract which will earn him $4.3 million. The 25-year-old already has 460 games under his belt along with 28 goals and 138 points.
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Andrei on-the-Mark-ov earns Comrade of the Night

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On a night where many Russian NHL’ers were getting their first goals or wins of the season, one man stood above the rest. Having only suited up 17 times for the Montreal Canadiens since Nov. 9, 2010, Andrei Markov scored two goals against the Florida Panthers and showed (at least for one night) that he still has quite the cannon from the point. Finally past the two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries on his right knee, Markov showed little hesitance on using his beloved slapshot, making netminder Scott Clemmensen look absolutely hapless on both goals.
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Alex Kovalev Returns to the NHL with the Panthers

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After leaving the NHL for Russia and Switzerland, Alex Kovalev has once again landed back in the eastern conference. Earlier today, the 39-year-old signed a one-year-deal for $1 million with the Florida Panthers after attending their camp on a tryout basis. Kovalev joins a Panthers team that surprised many last season by winning their first ever division crown before being eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in the first round.
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Russian Rocket Soars Into Hockey Hall of Fame

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One of hockey’s most exciting players to don a pair of skates will be forever be immortalized today in Toronto as Pavel Bure becomes a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Known around the NHL as the “Russian Rocket” Bure played 13 seasons in the NHL where he spent time with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, and New York Rangers.
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Sixth Time’s a Charm for Samsonov


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“For me, six times was a charm.”…These must be the words, courtesy of My Cousin Vinny, that were replaying in Sergei Samsonov’s head when he got the phone call from Jim Rutherford.  It’s been quite the roller coaster ride for the once highly sought after, Samsonov.  After his impressive rookie campaign, Samsonov followed up the next two years with consistent numbers, and then exploded onto the scene with 70+ points.
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Malkin and Ovechkin headed to ASG, Dadonov Brings Skills

Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin are headed to Raleigh later this month to feature in the league’s 58th installment of the All-Star Game. What they don’t know is whether they will be teammates or rivals come face-off on January 30th. Thanks to the league’s new format letting the two nominated captains draft their own fantasy team it’s possible Geno and Ovi would be pitted against each other in the event for the first time.

The live draft will be held on the 28th, ahead of the weekend’s event where Sidney Crosby and Jonathon Towes will select round by round who they want on their team. The schoolyard element should be a fun treat for fans as they patiently await to see who will be picked last. Seeing how Crosby is teammates with Malkin that should be a no-brainer unless the league adds a last-minute rule change forbidding teammates to play together.
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Ovechkin named player of the month, Semin honorable mention, Malkin’s Trickey

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The month of January has been very good to the Washington Capitals who are on the verge of breaking a franchise record for consecutive wins that has stood for 26 years. Fittingly Alexander Ovechkin, who was named captain on January 5th, had his best month of the year notching 9 goals, 26 points for a plus-16.

With Ovechkin’s new captaincy, Washington has surged to the top of the Eastern Conference with 80 points while making their Southeast lead a joke leading the Florida Panthers by 23 points.

While all the attention as usual was focused on Ovie, Washington’s other Alex(Semin) had himself a big month finding the net 11 times for 23 points in the month’s 15 games. Semin finished the month on a nine-game point-scoring streak earning himself honorable mention from the league.

The timing couldn’t be any better for Russia’s top forwards with the first game against Latvia just 15 days away.

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Without making a separate post for a lone highlight we decided to include Evgeni Malkin’s shootout goal from yesterday’s 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings just to get you excited for the Olympics a bit more. Jimmy Howard as you can tell was not amused.