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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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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The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! The opening of the NHL free agency period saw for the first time in years, Russian players choosing to leave the motherland instead of running home. We try our best to give all the incoming comrades an evulation and how they will mix into their new teams.
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It seems that in the past few days there has been quite an uproar in the Devils fan community regarding their star winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Like many of his compatriots, Kovalchuk returned to the country where he learned to skate to continue playing the game he loves when the NHL hit it’s fourth work stoppage since 1992. Joining one of the Kontinental Hockey League’s top clubs, SKA St.Petersburg, he quickly became the team’s star and even took over as captain while scoring 42 points in 36 games.
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The KHL will be conducting its third stream of a live broadcast this season on YouTube. The match will feature Dynamo Moscow visiting Dinamo Riga. Streaming will begin at 20.30 Moscow time (12:30 PM EST in the US) on the KHL’s youtube channel. Clicking on the “LIVE” button at the top will bring you to their live streaming portion. The previous two games that were streamed are archived here as well. They include a September 12th Salavat Yulaev Ufa – Atlant Moscow Oblast match and a September 15th Dinamo Riga – Atlant match.
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(Photo courtesy of hclokomotiv.ru; translates to “Our team, forever”)
The headline you see above was a direct quote issued by the president of the KHL, Alexander Medvedev, as he and other officials, both hockey and government, arrived to the city of Yaroslavl amid the tragedy that has sent waves throughout the sporting world and front pages across the globe. From the hundreds of Lokomotiv fans gathering for candlelight vigils to the arrival of President Dmitry Medvedev, the city has been in thoughts of many and in the hearts of millions.
From a Russian hockey standpoint, many of the players both here in America and back in the KHL have connection to the club whether as opponents on a yearly basis or growing up with some of those who perished. From the biggest names in the sport such as Alexander Ovechkin who played with Alexander Galimov, the lone survivor of the Lokomotiv roster, in 2005 at the World Juniors, to alumni and fans in 10 countries which have lost their hockey heroes and icons.
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The last line has been spoken, the final curtain cast, and Broadway is now a much better place seeing that Alexander Frolov won’t be parading around the Big Apple any longer. What started out as a very solid career took a turn for the worst when Frolov signed a 1 year contract to play for the New York Rangers this season. Hopes turned from high to dire in a matter of months and Frolov gave New Yorkers what they feared most…a lackluster effort, abysmal performances, and a waste of his 3-million dollar contract (as if Glen Sather couldn’t get blamed anymore for bad contracts…)
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According to a New York’s Newsday, the New York Islanders are planning to retain the rights to goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for the 2011-2012 season. Nabokov was picked off waivers by the team after signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings but since the collective bargaining agreement calls for players signing a NHL-level contract to enter waivers Nabokov ended up in Long Island. However the newest Islander never donned an Islanders jersey opting to hold out in hopes he would be freed from his contract this coming off-season.
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This year’s NHL draft brings about a lot of talent, as it does year after year. However, the crop of Russian players is not as copious as years past (most noticeably the 2010 NHL Entry Draft). You will not find the likes of a Burmistrov, Tarasenko, Kuznetsov, Kabanov, Galiev, or Kitsyn. But a new breed of Russian hockey player is quickly coming into the fold. The two notables in this year’s draft are, the OHL’s, Vladislav Namestnikov and Alexander Khokhlachev. Most likely first or second round draft picks, these two Russians have taken the next step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NHL by coming across the ocean from Russia to play in the top junior league in the world.
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It appears Evgeni Nabokov’s stint back in the motherland is over as the four-year $24 million contract has been terminated by SKA St.Petersburg earlier today. Nabokov signed the contract with the intent of finishing up his career back in his adopted home country after being cut loose by the San Jose Sharks due to cap limitations. The 35-year-old netminder was the backbone to the only team he knew in the NHL and holds every major record for goalies in team history.
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