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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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”
One-time Nashville Predator and one of the best players in the KHL is returning to the NHL after a four-year absence. Alexander Radulov has agreed to a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $5.75 million. The 29-year-old winger has spent the last four seasons with CSKA Moscow where he has scored 78 goals along with 238 points in 131 games. Prior to going back home, Radulov played in 154 gameswith the Preds scoring 102 points. This marks his third return to the NHL, having dishonored his contract to play in Russia, returning to Nashville for 9 games and a short playoff run, before signing with CSKA.
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A draft year heralded by many as “average”, saw just two Russians selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The Montreal Canadiens selected Mikhail Sergachev 9th overall, while the Philadelphia Flyers took German Rubtsev 22nd. Continue reading “Just Two Russians Taken in 2016 NHL Draft 1st Round”
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It appears the Alex Semin Montreal experiment has run it’s course not even half way through his one-year deal. The Canadiens are expected to waive the 31-year old winger who featured in 15 of Montreal’s 28 games. Having last played on November 25, Semin was only able to notch one goal and three helpers with his limited ice time and his placement on waivers doesn’t come as a total surprise. It will be interesting to see whether he reports to the AHL or is scooped up by another team who can’t pass on the opportunity of a 500 career point scorer for the remainder of the season.
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After being bought out prior to the opening of free agency window, Alexander Semin had remained on the market for 24 days without much reports of where his hockey career would continue. However, moments ago the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 31-year-old Krasnoyarsk native agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.1 million. A low risk move for the Habs can pay off greatly as Semin’s numbers prior to last years fluke season earned him a reputation of being one the better snipers in the NHL today.
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The greatest Russian defensemen in NHL history has been traded north of the border as the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 40-year-old journeymen. In return, the Habs send Travis Moen. Gonchar, who just rejoined the Stars lineup after missing the first 11 games with an ankle injury will return to the eastern conference having played there his entire career before signing an ambitious contract last summer.
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