Ahead of Friday’s NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks sent shock-waves through the league by trading Artemi Panarin to Columbus for Brendan Saad. The full deal also includes Tyler Motte and a 6th round pick in this years draft with Anton Forsberg and a 5th round pick in 2018 going back the other way. Panarin was one of few Hawks players to not have a no-movement clause and is expected to only cost more as he continues to flourish. Continue reading “Artemi Panarin Traded to Columbus”
Team Russia entered their final game in group play against Finland with a simple goal. Win. A loss would have seen the North American young guns leap frog them and fce the hosts. Instead, it was a determined group effort to steamroll past a Finnish team that has been a nightmare for the Russian hockey program in recent years. After a scoreless first period, Russia would breakthrough with some slick passing by captain Alex Ovechkin to a wide open Vladimir Tarasenko for the 1-0 lead. It would be the Blues forwards second goal in as many games.
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After last night’s letdown against the Swedes, Team Russia had little chance to sulk. Partially in part to a literal rude awakening at the hotel, but also because the young guns of North America awaited mere hours later. What Russia would come out after coming so close to clawing their way against a strong Swedish team versus a team that has existed for a good two weeks? It looked to be more of the same from Sunday, as again Russia allowed the first goal after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel made Pavel Datsyuk and the D corps look pedestrian for the quick lead. Russia would get numerous chances on the man advantage but could barely muster any sort of offense as that “here we go again” feeling slowly crept into everyones head.
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The best goaltender to ever don a Columbus Blue Jacket jersey has secured his near-term future (by today’s contract standards) by signing a four-year extension. Sergei Bobrovsky agreed to add another few years to stay put by agreeing to a contract worth $29.7-million. The 26-year old will become the second highest paid netminder in the NHL with his $7.425 million cap hit for the next four seasons.
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Earlier this morning, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky would miss the coming two weeks with a broken finger. The 26-year-old Novokuznetsk native sustained the injury in practice on basic shooting drills according to head coach Todd Richards.
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Heading into Monday night’s game six, Evgeni Malkin had yet to solve fellow countrymen Sergei Bobrosvky despite having 16 shots on net. While having four helpers kept him relevant in the series, it was the goal drought that had Penguins fans worried that one of their biggest weapons had lost his touch.
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The Sochi games have come and gone. Dreams were broken, bears cried, and one of the tournaments favorites fell flat on their faces, again. The focus now shifts back to the remainder of the NHL season as teams attempt to make a push for the post season in search of Lord Stanley’s mug.
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<span style="font-family:Georgia; font-size:17px;This is the Georgia font, size 13px.There are many things in life that are guarantees. Water is wet, the sky is blue, and if you’re a fan of the Russian national team at the Olympics, seeing your team constantly fail is a sure thing. This was supposed to be their year according to those who believe in wishful thinking. After embarrassment in Vancouver, the home ice was supposed to help push the team to unseen territory (the podium) a place they’d hadn’t graced since 2002.
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After not being able to score until the shootout against the Slovaks, Russia finally found their offensive spark against the lowly Norewegians in Tuesday’s qualification match-up. For much of the first period Russia looked hardly the offensive juggernaut that they are on paper as Norway matched them stride for stride.
Even on the man-advantage, Russia’s Achilles heel so far this tournament, the team could not get much going as the home crowd were treated to another unenthused performance.
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The most highly anticipated match up of the preliminary round between Russia and Team USA was one for the ages, my blood pressure can attest to that. The game featured everything you’d want to see in a hockey fixture whether it be drama, heartbreak, and jubilation. Unfortunately for Russia today was not their day following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Yanks.