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from RIA NOVOSTI,
Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov told R-Sport on Monday he is yearning to leave Russia for the NHL to avoid stagnating as a player.
Last week, the 21-year-old said this season would be his last the with his hometown team Traktor Chelyabinsk, before he moves overseas to join Capitals, who drafted him 26th overall in 2010.
“If I don’t leave, I might stop developing as a player,” Kuznetsov said. “I still need to learn a lot and I understand that if I don’t go there now, then it would be difficult to leave.”
“There’s no limit to perfection, “I’ve got room to grow. I didn’t come here to sit and wait for the Olympics. I’ve got to claw and work to prove everything on the ice.”
-Ilya Kovalchuk at his official introduction to SKA St. Petersburg. More at R-Sport.
The KHL must dodge outside influence from the Russian hockey federation and make “serious concessions” with its stringent roster policies if it wants compete with its North American counterpart, the NHL, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk head coach Vladimir Krikunov said Wednesday.
Krikunov, who has coached in the KHL since its inception five years ago and guided Russia at world hockey championships in 2005 and 2006, called the eight-country league “half-amateur” and wholly reliant on the federation.
The comments are unusually strong for someone with close ties to the league and the federation, both of which benefit greatly from state funding.
“Now it’s a half-amateur league that depends on the Russian hockey federation,” Krikunov, 63, told R-Sport.
The coach said contentious rules limiting teams to five foreign players and mandating each carries two players born after 1992 should be abolished because they weaken the quality of play. He also said the four-country Euro Hockey Tour, which halts the KHL’s schedule for two weekends in November and December, has to go.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Another NHLer bolting east, or another NHL career coming to a close?
Unrestricted free agent Nikolai Antropov, who scored six goals and added 12 assists in 40 games played for the Winnipeg Jets last season, is bound for the KHL.
Antropov signed a two-year deal with Astana Barys, a KHL club based in his native Kazakhstan, the team announced Thursday.
59.ru (translated) talked with Ilya Bryzgalov at his goalie camp and while most questions were about the camp, he was asked about where he will be playing in the upcoming season,
I can not ask a "question of the fan": where we will see Ilya Bryzgalov in the 2013-14 season - in Russia or in foreign markets? Where would you most like to play?
- You know, good and there, and there. In Russia - a great professional league, it develops. Here, have a very good masters: Ilya Kovalchuk is back, there's Alexander Radulov and other players. And in the NHL is good too. And, ahead of the replica will say that it is not in finance. Who is more important than the same peace of mind. So answer me so hard. While - 50 to 50.
Former NHLer and Slovak national team forward Zigmund Palffy has called it quits, announcing his retirement from hockey.
"One morning is more beautiful than the previous one, and you have other opinions. At this point, I believe that I quit. Definitive. Already I do not want to travel anywhere. Did it enough," said the 41-year-old winger.
Palffy hung up his skates after the 2012/2013 season where he was the most productive player in Slovak Extraliga Tipsport, registering 83 points in just 48 games.
via RIA Novosti,
Russian former Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nikolai Zherdev has joined Lev Prague on a one-year deal, the Czech team announced Friday.
Zherdev, 28, has been a free agent since June 20, when he was let go by Atlant Moscow Region, the team he has been playing for since his return from North America in 2011.
"Nikolai talked to his family and specialists and decided that this option would be the best for him," Zherdev's agent Yury Nikolaev told R-Sport. "Lev provides Zherdev with awesome financial and living conditions."
Zherdev, a playmaking wing who led Atlant with 37 points in 39 appearances last season, was a surprise inclusion on the team's list of five players available to expansion franchise Admiral Vladivostok last month. Admiral, however, left the forward on the board, likely due to his 60 million rubles-per year salary ($1.85 million).
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