Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Phil Davies on 10/31/10 at 02:35 PM ET
This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
HC Slovan Bratislava
Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
Esche recieved a few NHL offers last year before finally signing with the Belarusian KHL team. Esche has continued his solid play overseas with a 1.99 GAA and .935 save percentage in 5 games with the second place Minsk team.
The NHL’s former favourite whipping boy has played well since returning to Russia with 10 points in 18 games for the woefully underperforming SKA team. Yashin has made the switch to left wing for many games this season as his speed is not what it once was.
After a tumultuous start to his DEL career, Legace has started to settle in with a 3.38 GAA and .900 save percentage in four games with the bottom feeding Roosters. The DEL has become a hotbed for former NHL goalies, such as Fred Braithwaite, J.S. Aubin and Marc Lamothe.
Huet has made the most of being a victim of the NHL salary cap, by posting a 2.45 GAA and .923 save percentage in twelve games for fifth place, Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League A. Huet has recently acquired his Swiss passport, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to suit up for France’s National team or if he will be invited to play for Switzerland at the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia.
There were rumours that Kozlov almost returned to Detroit this year, however any such chance was removed once the Red Wings signed Mike Modano. Kozlov has since returned to Russia, where he has 8 points in 12 games for the sixteenth place CSKA.
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