Category Archives: NHL

Let the Off-Season Feeding Frenzy Begin!


CSKA Moscow captain Denis Denisov will be lining up for Metallurg Magnitogrosk next season. (Image Source)

Monday marked the beginning of the annual free-agent season in the KHL, as contracts expired on April 30th and players began to change teams.  The past couple of days have seen a large number of such transactions, far too many to discuss them all here (Elite Prospects is your friend in keeping track of all the moves).  But read on, for a little look at just a few of the more significant trades and signings of the last 48 hours!


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All Over


Team Russia salutes the crowd after bowing out of the World Cup of Hockey. (Image Source)

Russia’s run at the World Cup of Hockey has come to an end, after today’s defeat by Canada in the tournament’s semi-final.  Read on, for a bit of a match report and some quick thoughts on Russia’s tournament as a whole!

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Home Again


Valery Nichushkin. (Image Source)

Apart from the World Cup,  the big Russian hockey news this week, quite clearly, was the decision of young Dallas Stars prospect Valery Nichushkin to sign a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow after three seasons in Texas.  It is something of a shocking move; the young man from Chelyabinsk was taken tenth overall in the 2013 NHL draft, joined the Stars that autumn, and put up a decent rookie season line of 74 gp, 14-20-34 (plus 6gp, 1-1-2 in the playoffs) despite being only 18 years old.  So what happened, and what next?  Read on, for some admittedly half-baked thoughts on Nichushkin and the issue of young players from overseas in the NHL…

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News Notes: Players Heading Here & There


Pavel Datsyuk. (Image Source)

Before we leap into the matter of major player of moves of the last little while, June 15th was the deadline for KHL teams to provide evidence that their wage bills for last season were paid off, with the threat of exclusion from the 2016-17 season hanging over those still in arrears.  Now, no one has been kicked out of the league to this point, but we did get some idea late in the week of what might be going on.  KHL Players’ Union President Andrei Kovalenko commented on Friday that he was particularly concerned about what was going on at HK Sochi and at Dynamo Moscow.  Sochi have had a number of brushes with financial trouble, and Dynamo have already been given an extension until June 30th to get things in order.  On the bright side, Kovalenko had earlier indicated that Amur Khabarovsk and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod have paid off their arrears, and are presumably in the clear for next season.


There have also been some worries raised in the past few days about the ongoing viability of Dinamo Riga.  The problem here is not wage debt, but simply lack of sponsorship money, and the Latvian club has been given until the end of the month to provide the necessary financial guarantees for next season.

These are all situations to watch very closely as the days go by, but, in the meantime, let us turn our attention to some of the players who will be wearing new uniforms (or not) next season.  Read on!

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 24th, 2016


Sergei Mozyakin (l.)) receives the KHL MVP award from former Soviet national team captain Boris Mikhailov. (Image from the video here)

Time to get caught up on some of the non-World Championship news of the past seven days or so!  The KHL’s draft was held on Monday, as we have already mentioned here, and on Tuesday the league turned its attention to the pleasant business of handed out the season-ending awards.  There was business of a more serious nature too, however; read on for developments that may change the look of a couple of different Russian leagues, as well as for our usual peek at the off-season player movement scene.

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 16th, 2016


HK Nashi, the hockey team of the Soviet cosmonaut program, in about 1963.  Team founder Yuri Gagarin is sixth from the left in the back row. (Image Source)

Time for another edition of news notes!  We will check in briefly with Monday’s happenings at the World Championship, take note of yet another twist in the tale of the prospective Swedish KHL team, and look at some of the major player moves involving Russians.  And why the picture of the cosmonauts’ hockey team above?  All will be revealed — read on!

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 10th, 2016


Jonathan Cheechoo, here shown with Dinamo Minsk in 2014-15, will have a new address when next season commences. (Image Source)

Yesterday we got you all caught up on the World Championship scene as it currently stands with regards to Team Russia, so this edition of the news notes will primarily involve Other Things.  And so read on, for quite a lot of KHL player movement, a big party in Sochi, and other items (and, yes, a World Championship note or two has snuck in there somehow)!

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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: May 4th, 2016


Alexander Sudnitsin in action for Neftekhimik last season — he will be plying his trade in Yaroslavl in 2016-17. (Image Source)

A couple of days late, but here we are with another set of news notes!  This one has all kinds of things, as the World Championship starts on Friday, and KHL teams began shuffling players around last weekend.  There was also some interesting expansion news, and not just from the KHL, either.  So read on!

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Moving Day


Nikita Zaitsev in action against Admiral Vladivostok in 2014-15. (Image Source)

A full set of news notes will be up tomorrow, and when I say “full,” I mean it!  We will have news about the Russian national team as the World Championship approaches, expansion tidings from FOUR different leagues, and the fall-out from the first 48 hours or so of the KHL’s free agent season.  On that last note…  two of the players to whom we paid particular attention this season were on the move in the last couple of days.  Read on, and we’ll discuss briefly those two cases.


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Weekly Russian Hockey News Notes: April 11th, 2016

Time for some more news notes!  This week, we look at the first three games of a highly entertaining Gagarin Cup Final, check in with various international hockey goings-on, and discuss the final weekend of the NHL regular season.  There’s more, too, so read on!

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