Category Archives: KHL

Lada Tolyatti in 2017-18

Lada Tolyatti’s 2016-17 campaign looked much like the previous one.  The former automobile company team from the banks of the Volga achieved four fewer points, dropped one spot in the standings, and was once again a spectator when the post-season hove in sight.  Any chance of improvement in 2017-18?  Well, there have been very interesting moves this summer, so read on…

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Dinamo Riga in 2017-18

Let’s be frank: 2016-17 was a misery on the ice for Dinamo Riga, which is why they are the first entry in 2017-18’s series of previews (I start at the bottom of the previous campaign’s standings and work up, and incumbent last-place team Metallurg Novokuznetsk are no longer in the KHL, so here we are).  Money woes meant a late start to the 2016 signing season for Dinamo, and forced now-former GM Normunds Sējējs into being an unwilling head coach through simple inability to find anybody else for the job.  The late start was repeated this summer (it was mid-June before Dinamo started signing players), but this time around they have a coach in place, and can look forward to the contributions of some interesting newcomers as well.  Will it be enough?  Read on…

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Schedules and Suchlike

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A cheerful moment between Barys Astana’s Alikhan Asetov (l.) and Talgat Zhailauov of Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, during Friday’s exhibition game. (Image Source)

The on-ice competitive portion of the 2017-18 KHL hockey season is officially underway, albeit only in exhibition game form!  Barys Astana took on their VHL farm team, Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk, on Friday and… lost 6-2.  Ah well, (very, very) early days yet (and Torpedo are an extremely strong VHL team, too).  Read on, a look at newly-released schedules, league compositions, and the like!

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Clarity on the Dynamo Moscow Situation?

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Dynamo Moscow captain Alexei Tereshchenko in action this past season versus Ak Bars Kazan.  (Image Source)

Today was a day of big news in Russian hockey, on a couple of different fronts.  We’ll get the bad tidings out of the way first — the Dynamo Moscow situation has reached something (more) of a crisis point, and there were major developments in that affair today.  Read on…

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The Bench Bosses: Chernyshyov* Division

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Mike Keenan (r.) with the late coaching legend Viktor Tikhonov, in 2013.  “Iron Mike” is back in the KHL once again, and will be plying his trade behind the Kunlun Red Star Beijing bench in 2017-18.  (Image Source)

* = often transliterated as “Chernyshev.”

We are now not much more than a week or so from the beginning of KHL 2017-18 training camps, so it’s high time that we finished off our look at the league’s coaches.  The last (though certainly not least) division to be considered is the East Conference’s Chernyshyov Division.  Read on, therefore, for a group of teams that have seen a lot of turnover behind their benches in this off-season.  And you will also, as a bonus, find out which of our three previous “coaches by division” posts is now out of date!

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Criteria

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CSKA Moscow fans take in a game.  (Image Source)

We’re a brief break around this place, we are back, and normal blogging herewith resumes!  And we resume with a further look at the KHL’s new strategic plan, to which Tomáš Vorčák introduced us a couple of weeks ago.  Read on!

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The Bench Bosses: Kharlamov Division

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Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and some of his Ak Bars Kazan players.  (Image Source)

We have now arrived at the third of our posts on KHL coaches as the 2017-18 season gets closer, and this time we are investigating the Kharlamov Division of the East Conference.  Read on, for experienced coaches, infamous coaches (well, one infamous coach), and the like!

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A Mess at Dynamo Moscow

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Dynamo Moscow celebrate their 2012-13 Gagarin Cup triumph.  Sadly, the famous old team now finds itself far adrift from those happy days.  (Image Source)

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, incoming Dynamo Moscow head coach Vladimir Vorobyov is stepping into a mess at the storied team, first-ever hockey champions of the USSR back in 1947.  In a way, it’s no big surprise — rumours of Dynamo’s financial exigency having been rolling about for a year or more now.  Recently, however, there seem to have been some even more serious developments.  Dynamo lost control of their training base at Novogorsk due to non-payment of the lease, and that was quickly followed by rumours of the folding of their VHL farm club, defending Bratina Cup champions Dynamo Balashikha.  Looming over all of this is the team’s debt, pegged at a whopping sum just shy of 1.9 billion Rubles (about $45 million Canadian) — including about 730 million Rubles owed to players.  And then last week the team’s offices were raided by anti-corruption police, who confiscated documents related to accounting.

So what exactly is the situation, and why?  Read on, for an examination of that, and some discussion of possible remedies.

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The Bench Bosses: Tarasov Division

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A nice moment between head coaches Valery Belov (Vityaz Moscow Oblast, left) and Oleg Znarok (SKA St. Petersburg) after SKA eliminated Vityaz from this season’s KHL playoffs.  Znarok we discussed last time — this time around it’s Belov’s turn!  (Image Source)

Time to continue on with our look at the coming season’s KHL coaches!  Last time out, we dealt with the Bobrov Division, and for this piece we stay in the West Conference to see who will be behind the benches of the Tarasov Division teams.  Read on!

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The Bench Bosses: Bobrov Division

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A famous player in his day, Sandis Ozoliņš will embark upon his head-coaching career in 2017-18.  (Image Source)

We are now just a month or so away from the beginning of the 2017-18 KHL pre-season training camps.  Thus we are beginning to get some clarity concerning the men who will behind the benches in this upcoming campaign, so perhaps it is time to take a closer look at those under-pressure figures.  We will begin in the West Conference, with the six teams of the Bobrov Division — read on!

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