Kucherov & Vasilivskiy Claim Top Honors at NHL Awards

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Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy spent the NHL Awards doing what they did all regular season, winning. Kucherov swept both MVP categories as voted by his peers at the NHLPA and the media. Additionally he received his long determined Art Ross award for scoring the most points in the season at 128. He becomes just the third Russian to win all three in a single season, joining Alex Ovechkin in 2009 and Evgeni Malkin in 2012.

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Nikita Nesterov Traded to Montreal

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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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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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- Alex Ovechkin

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While our ever popular Comrade of the Night posts are few and far this season it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped watching those who a make a great sport even greater.

As we slowly creep up on the New Year there is no player playing better than Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Already leading the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, the poster boy for Russian hockey put his team on his back with last nights offensive outburst.
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Russia’s Shootout Moves not Swede Enough

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After avoiding an embarrassing elimination at the hands of the Swiss yesterday, Russia came just shy of completing another comeback for the right to play for gold. In what was a rematch of last years final, Russia managed to overcome a two-goal deficit against Sweden only to fail at the skills competition they so heavily relied on to get there. All three Russian shooters, two of whom scored yesterday (Mikhail Grigorenko & Nikita Kucherov), couldn’t solve the big frame of Swedish netminder Niklas Lundström and Sebastian Collberg’s nifty backhander proved to be the difference.
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