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The latest player to sign is Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets. Kane will be playing for Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.
You can check out all the names and related teams at TSN.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Whenever Gary Bettman and the N.H.L. owners lock out their players, fans in North America reacquaint themselves with European hockey. It happened in 1994-95, in 2004-5 and now again in 2012.
After only one week of this lockout, more than 60 N.H.L. players have signed or agreed to contracts in Europe; during the last lockout, almost 400 N.H.L. players skated abroad. So here is a guide to Europe’s top seven domestic leagues, their long traditions and their thundering crowds rocking claustrophobic rinks. If you can master the difference between Trinec of the Czech Republic and Trencin of Slovakia, or Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Metallurg Novokuznetsk of Russia, you can follow your favorite N.H.L. players overseas.
RUSSIAN K.H.L. Widely considered the world’s second-best league, the Kontinental Hockey League is the present-day home to the great clubs of the Soviet era. But where once teams were sponsored by the likes of the army, the Interior Ministry and labor unions, today they are sponsored by national energy companies, regional energy companies and the billionaire owners of energy companies.
from Risto Pakarinen at IIHF.com,
On Tuesday, the league announced that Ben-Amor was suspended for 18 games. Juuso Salmi (HIFK) was suspended for 12 games, Melart (HIFK) six games, Liivik (HIFK) six games. Jokerit’s Jarkko Ruutu was suspended for four games, and his teammate Väänänen for one game. The SM-liiga has a 60-game regular season.
Jokerit was fined €40,000, HIFK €25,000. The coaches, Pasi Sormunen of HIFK as well as Tomi Lämsä and Tomek Valtonen of Jokerit, got an eight-game suspension.
“As a whole, these are the toughest suspensions in league history,” said Vuorinen.
read on for all the details and you can watch some of the on-ice incidents below...
via RIA Novosti,
Hockey prodigy Vladimir Tarasenko is not ready to move to the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, his former KHL coach Milos Riha said Monday.
The 20-year-old right wing took up his entry contract with the Blues last month after four seasons in the KHL in which he racked up 100 points in 176 games.
“It was his decision and his choice. To my mind, he has got ahead of himself a little bit,” SKA St. Petersburg coach Riha said on the KHL website.
“I think that he could play a couple more years in KHL and grew to maturity as a hockey player. I can only wish him luck.”
SKA has a reputation as a big-spending team keen to recruit stars, but none of its seven signings this summer are household names.
The St. Petersburg team is still targeting a famous new recruit, Riha sadi.
“We’ll try to buy one famous player whose name everyone knows.”
Finnish forward Niklas Hagman, who played in the NHL for nearly a decade, has signed a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Lokomotiv’s entire roster perished in an air crash last September, when the team was heading to its first game of the season in the Belarus capital Minsk.
Since then, the three-time Russian champion has been assembling a new squad for its return to the KHL next season.
from Justin Bourne of The Score,
There are a few contenders for the coolest outdoor game venue to date. Fenway has to be up there - maybe not as the best Winter Classic, but the setting might have been. The Big House will be cool, but more for the sheer size than any deeper meaning. But that picture above…that…that is going to be awesome.
That’s the Roman Ampitheatre, and it will be home to two outdoor games in September of this year, one between Croatia’s Medvescak Zagreb and Olimpija Ljubljana (let’s be honest, I could’ve had my cat step on my keyboard to create those team names and you wouldn’t have known the difference), and two days later the Vienna Capitals will take the ice in the second game.
Watch the animated video of the venue…
from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,
Just under a week ago, we wrote about Alexander Radulov and his KHL rights being traded to CSKA, the storied Red Army club.
On Monday, the news comes that Radulov will indeed play in Russia next season.
The always outspoken Yuri Nikolaev, Radulov’s Russian agent, in an interview to Russian newspaper Izvestiya implied that Radulov is going to play in the KHL next season.
“Alexander no longer has thoughts, watching the sea, whether he should go to the NHL or play in the KHL,” Nikolaev told Izvestiya.
“We are negotiating with CSKA about a personal contract. However we are not in CSKA yet; there are matters we have to discuss with the club’s general managers.
Magnitogorsk of the KHL has hired longtime NHL coach Paul Maurice as their next head coach.
Maurice joins Magnitogorsk after a 15-year head coaching career in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Hartford Whalers.
Former Hurricanes goalie coach Tom Barrasso will also join Maurice on the Magnitogorsk bench as an assistant coach.
from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
It’s an intriguing scenario for the Leafs. Drafted in the sixth round in 2006 by former GM John Ferguson Jr., Komarov has taken major strides over the last few years and was a key member of the Dynamo Moscow team that recently won the KHL championship.
His Russian contract has one year remaining and reportedly includes an out clause that can be enacted after the world championship wraps up later this month. He won’t be able to sign with Toronto until that happens.
“I’ve got a year in Dynamo left so I don’t know if they will let me go,” said Komarov. “It’s my agent’s work.”
Naturally, the Leafs are taking a wait-and-see approach to the situation.
They own Komarov’s North American rights and will only have to give him an entry-level contract, which allows them to move him freely between the NHL and American Hockey League. Leafs GM Brian Burke believes Komarov can play in the NHL and scouts have the five-foot-10 winger projected as a checking-line player in the mould of Jarkko Ruutu.
Check out a highlight video of Komarov below…
This past KHL season has seen a slight rise stadium attendances but a drop in the average number of goals per game, statistics released Wednesday showed.
League officials keen to export the competition to as many European nations as possible will be scrutinizing the numbers to try to gauge whether the nascent Russian-based competition is hitting growth targets in its fourth season.
Figures posted on the KHL website showed 4.32 million people visited the 704 matches of the 2011-12 season, a modest rise of 30,000 from last season. That translates to an average of 6,136 fans per match, up from 5,200 in the KHL’s inaugural 2008-09 season but far less than half the NHL’s averages.
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