Kulemin Ruled Out for Six Months

Islanders winger Nikolai Kulemin will miss the remainder of the regular season after having successful surgery on an undisclosed upper-body injury. The 31-year-old Magnitogorsk native was injured in a game last week against the Oilers and had not returned to the line-up. He scored just one goal and added two helpers through 13 games this season.
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Evgeni Nabokov Retires from NHL as a Shark

On Wednesday afternoon, one the greatest goalies to ever don a Russian national jersey hung his skates up for good at the starting point of his hockey career. 39-year-old Evgeni Nabokov announced his retirement from the NHL a member of the San Jose Sharks after being traded for future considerations from Tampa Bay earlier in the week.
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Islanders Double Up on Grabovski and Kulemin

The New York Islanders pulled the biggest surprise on the second day of NHL free agency by signing two players that no one expected them to. Wednesday afternoon saw the Isles announce the acquisition of Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski as both signed four-year contracts. Kulemin who had spent his entire six year career with Toronto will earn $16.75 million over the course of his contract while his former Leafs teammate will earn $20 million.
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Lightning Nab Evgeni For One Year

Yesterday’s NHL free agent frenzy saw just one comrade ink a new deal, as 38-year-old netminder Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After returning from a stint in the KHL, the veteran keeper spent the past three seasons manning the Islanders crease where he posted a record of 57-43-18.
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Comrade of the Night-Evgeni Malkin

Thursday night saw five different Russian NHL’ers light the lamp for their respective teams. While they were all important to the teams involved, one players performance stood slightly higher than the rest. Heading into Thursday’s match-up against the Rangers, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins were coming off an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Islanders in the ever competitive Atlantic Division. Just 1:27 into the game, Simon Despres found Malkin with a pass near the far right circle which the 26-year-old center rocketed past Henrik Lundqvist’s 5-hole.
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Farjestad is Swedish for Shawinigan

(Courtesy of Sportsnet.ca)

All day Friday the hockey newspapers reported Kirill Kabanov was heading to play in Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League (SEL).  After weeks of figuring out what his next step in his career would be, Kabanov contemplated the idea of going to Sweden/QMJHL after not making the New York Islanders squad.  And (as would be expected) reports questioned Kabanov’s commitment to a career in the pros.  His rights were held by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada – formerly the Montreal Juniors – when they selected him in a dispersal draft.  The Armada were pegged to be bottom-feeders in the QMJHL this season, a position Kabanov did not see fit for his development.  Not to mention, playing against men in the SEL as opposed to kids in the QMJHL would be better developmentally, wouldn’t you think?  Continue reading “Farjestad is Swedish for Shawinigan”

Nabokov Shows Commitment to Isles with New Mask

(courtesy of Ingoalmag.com)

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.
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