Category Archives: KHL

Present and Accounted For

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Hockey night at SKA St. Petersburg.  (Image Source)

As the KHL is on its annual November break for international play, and the league’s 2017-18 season is only just past its halfway point for most teams, this seems a useful juncture at which to take a peek at some attendance figures for the current campaign.  This is especially so this season, with the league’s new strategic plan underway and contraction looming for three clubs next spring; attendance is most certainly one of the criteria the KHL will be looking at when it comes time to determine the unlucky trio.  Read on, then…

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 25th, 2017

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Barys Astana’s Nigel Dawes has his sights set on some goalscoring records… (Image Source)

To the KHL we go, to get caught up on some news of the last couple of weeks!  Read on, as we check out a nightmarish 17 minutes for Traktor Chelyabinsk, look in on the secret(s) of Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk’s good first half of the season, get up to date on player movement around the league, and so on and so forth!  Also, we will hear from a couple of folks on potential future developments in the league…

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 11th, 2017

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Sean Collins of HK Sochi, scorer of (another) historic goal today!  (Image Source)

Well, step forward if you had HK Sochi as the team that would finally put an end to SKA St Petersburg’s unbeaten start to the season!  SKA had emerged from their first 20 contests as victors, but in the 21st, today in St. Petersburg, their visitors from the Black Sea got the better of them.  Only just barely, mind you — a 3-2 final score in overtime — but the streak is over.  Sean Collins will go down in the history books as the man who scored the winner, and it’s not his first historic KHL goal either; Collins scored the first ever goal for Kunlun Red Star Beijing last season (h/t to @IronCaniac for that reminder).

And so SKA “fall” to 20-1 on the 2017-18 season!  But what about the rest of the league?  Read on, for our (slightly delayed this time) weekly walk through the KHL, which includes another streak (the other kind) coming to an end, the season’s fifth coaching change, and a small black cat on public transit…

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Good Thoughts

Sending all kinds of best wishes and good thoughts this evening in the direction of Avangard Omsk forward Nikolai Lemtyugov, who suffered a horrific injury in today’s game against Barys Astana.  Lemtyugov is reportedly in stable condition in Intensive Care after surgery for a ruptured spleen.  Club President Vladimir Shalayev updated the situation after the game in a phone call to RSport:

“There was a blow to the stomach, the spleen was torn apart.  The spleen has been removed, he is now in Intensive Care.  His life is not at all threatened, vital signs are normal.  Tomorrow we will all donate blood for him.”

Avangard are also asking for blood donations from fans; details are here.  Get well soon, Nikolai Alexandrovich!

(short delay on the planned KHL news notes post; it will be up tomorrow)

Říha Leaves Slovan

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Miloš Říha directs traffic from the Slovan Bratislava bench.  (Image Source)

A minor change in schedule at the blog this weekend: the “Walk Through the KHL” post will be up on Tuesday (it will thereafter return to Sundays).  However, we do have some news to cover today in any case, as we are now up to four coaches removed from their posts in this 2017-18 KHL season.  The latest: veteran bench boss Miloš Říha, who has been let go by Slovan Bratislava.  Read on…

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Back Amongst the Coaches

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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Head Coach Alexei Kudashov (l.) shakes hands with his CSKA Moscow counterpart Dmitry Kvartalnov after Lokomotiv eliminated CSKA from last season’s playoffs. (Image Source)

At about this time last week, we took a look at the KHL’s first two coaching changes of 2017-18, and speculated mildly about where the third might occur.  The answer to that question has now arrived, and — spoiler alert — it involves none of the teams which I mentioned in that speculation!  Read on, for that story, and some other coaching news from the past day or so.

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A Walk Through the KHL: October 1st, 2017

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Portrait of a young goalie who is back on his game: Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s Ilya Samsonov. (Image Source)

Another week of the 2017-18 KHL season is behind us, and this one saw the ends of three sizeable losing streaks (but the continuation of another)!  We also have something of a scheduling SNAFU involving Kunlun Red Star Beijing, a whopping great suspension (thoroughly deserved), a few players moving here and there, and other items of that sort.  Read on, for this week’s news notes!

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First Out the Door

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It seemed a good story indeed when club legend Sandis Ozoliņš was hired to coach Dinamo Riga, but that tale has not ended well.  (Image Source)

Given the looming contraction of the KHL — three, yet unknown, teams will be departing after this season — 2017-18 always looked like it would be harder than a normal campaign on the job security of coaches, particularly those in charge of the league’s weaker clubs.  And so it seemed almost miraculous that we made it all the way nearly to the end of September, a full month and more of regular season action, with no casualties from the ranks of KHL bench bosses.  However, the first domino fell earlier this week, and the second followed it by mere hours.  In neither case, it must be said, can the move be considered a surprise.  Read on…

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A Walk Through the KHL: September 24th, 2017

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Amur Khabarovsk’s rink undergoes the transformation from IIHF to North American dimensions.  (Image Source)

Herewith we start up again with the weekly KHL news notes!  As with last season, each team gets a short mention of something newsworthy or interesting each week.  And as before, I have arranged the teams in order of the current Conference standings.  It is my intention to have this be an “every Sunday” feature, so read on… although on this occasion we start with a particularly horrible news story involving a name from the era of hockey in the Soviet Union.

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CSKA Moscow in 2017-18

CSKA Moscow’s first season in some time without the services of Alexander Radulov actually went pretty well — up to a point.  CSKA gave up the fewest goals in the KHL, at just 110 in 60 games, and pipped SKA St. Petersburg to win a second straight regular season championship.  But the playoffs were a different story: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl pulled off a stunning upset by ousting CSKA in the second round, and the folks in the front office took notice.  Coach Dmitry Kvartalnov paid for the early exit with his job, to be replaced by Igor Nikitin, and the playing roster has seen some significant upheaval as well.  Read on…

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