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This Is Called Love

from TennisEarth.com,

Former World number three, Elena Dementieva retired from the WTA at the end of last season and set out to make another vital decision of her life. She married long time boyfriend and

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KHL star Maxim Afinogenov in a wonderful ceremony at the Ritz Carlton hotel in the center of Moscow which stands across the Red Square and the Kremlin on July 16, 2011.

The wedding was held on the roof as pigeons were released into the sky to commemorate the occasion and the reception took place on the second floor.

Among the hockey stars present at the wedding were Afinogenov’s fellow players, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexei Yashin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Andrei Markov, former player Aleksei Kasatonov, Coach Vladimir Yurzinov and President of the Continental Ice Hockey League Alexander Medvedev.

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Radulov Sets New Record

Alexander Radulov of Salavat Yulaev entered the record books recently by scoring the fastest goal in Russian hockey history. Radulov scored six seconds into a match against Yugra, after intercepting a pass and doing a nice spin-o-rama move on goaltender Mikhail Biryukov. Radulov beat the twelve year record of seven seconds, set by Andrei Pychelyakov of Severstal in 1998 and later tied by former NHLer Dmitry Yushkevich of Magnitogorsk in 2003. However, Radulov’s goal is not the fastest goal ever recorded in a professional hockey game as that distinction is held by four players who were able to find the back of the net one second faster than Radulov. They are NHLer’s Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and fellow Russian Alexander Mogilny (1991), as well as Slovak 2nd division player; Frantisek Zubek of Presov.

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The State of Hockey in Russia

The Russian National Team has taken great strides towards regaining past international hockey glory in the last few years. Spurred on by back-to-back World Championship victories with two straight wins over Team Canada in 2008 and 2009 (including a win on Canada’s home ice in 2008), Russia had seemed to finally regain their duo-superpower status with their longtime Canadian rivals. That is until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the Russians were soundly thumped 7-3 by the home side in their quarterfinal matchup. Perhaps, Team Russia goalie; Ilya Bryzgalov, summed up the debacle best by stating that Team Canada played like “gorillas coming out of a cage.”

On the heels of their defeat in Vancouver, many of Russia’s Olympic core squad vowed to gain a measure of revenge at the 2010 World Championships in Germany three months later. Although Russia defeated a relatively undermanned Canadian squad, their efforts, once again, ended in failure with an upset loss to the Czech Republic in the championship final.

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Post-Kovalchuk Thrashers Deep on ‘D’, Look to New Faces and Young Guns for Offense

For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.

By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.

They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.

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This One Had To Feel Good

Max Afinogenov of the Thrashers scores against his old team, the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

added 10:54pm, Alexei Kovalev of the Senators with a goal tonight against the Canadiens can be watched below…

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Atlanta Working On Contract Deal With Afinogenov

via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie, Free agent Maxim Afinogenov has earned a spot on the Atlanta Thrashers, who are in the process of getting a contract done.

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Afinogenov Will Be An Asset In Atlanta

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In my mind, Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell made a nice move this week by inviting the 30-year-old winger for a tryout. Why not?

“He’s had a couple of tough years with some injuries and that, and he wasn’t playing as much as he was,” Waddell told ESPN.com on Friday. “But he’s 30 years old. You look at a guy with his skill and skating ability and his track record, it’s a no-lose situation for us.”

Credit Afinogenov’s agent Don Meehan, a veteran of the business, for finding what should be a good fit for his client.

“I think it’s a great move by Atlanta,” Meehan, the head of Newport Sports, told ESPN.com. “I think, at the end of the day, they’ll be pleased with him. He’s a great character person who has always been well-liked by his teammates.

“He’s a great athlete and he’s in great shape. He’ll be a great asset for them.”

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Afinogenov On Tryout With Atlanta

via Ben Wright’s Twitter,

Maxim Afinogenov will be coming into Thrashers camp on a tryout basis. Could play as early as Monday’s preseason game.

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Does Anyone Want Afinogenov?

via Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

No word yet on the future home of Maxim Afinogenov, but the erstwhile Sabre is skating with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian league. There are rumors of two or three NHL teams desperate enough for offense that they’ve given him some consideration (including the Islanders and Rangers) but it’s hard to believe either John Tortorella or Scott Gordon would put up with his extended periods of non-involvement. Odds are he’ll find somewhere to float in Europe.

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Panthers Feel The Pain After Losing To The Sabres

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not going to get into the whole thing about what happened tonight, anyone who watched or looked at the scoresheet can figure that out. This was a devastating loss for the Panthers, although the wings in the locker room smelled so good a few guys seemed to get over it real quick.

And I’ve never seen the scratched players escape a postgame locker room as fast as tonight’s trio of guys did. And I sure don’t blame them.

Speaking of blame, coach Pete DeBoer had plenty for goalie Tomas Vokoun, even though a couple of those goals were flukey. But the one that tied it sure wasn’t.

continued and watch the game highlights below…

added 3/26/09 at 8:21am, Watch the Horton hit on Afinogenov below too…

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Afinogenov Healthy, Still Not Playing

from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

“I want to play, definitely,” Afinogenov told The News on Saturday. “I want to help the team, but if they’re not using me, it’s probably no point for me to be here.

“Anything can happen. We’ll see. If they don’t want to use me here, they’re probably going to move me. I don’t know what’s going to happen right now.”

Afinogenov missed his 24th straight game when the Sabres lost, 2-0, to the New York Islanders. Most of those absences were due to a groin strain, and Afinogenov is still on the injured reserve list. The right winger, though, said he’s been ready to return since the middle of February.

“I was injured, but now I’m healthy,” Afinogenov said after a hard skate in Nassau Coliseum. “It’s like 10 days now. The doctors cleared me to play and stuff, but I’m not in the lineup. That’s why it’s frustrating for me, definitely.”

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Afinogenov Still Struggling

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Yes, Afinogenov can still take fans’ breath away. It’s just good they aren’t holding it in until he scores.

Afinogenov’s struggles continue, as the winger enters tonight’s game against Los Angeles in HSBC Arena in a slump that’s lasted for more than half a season. Since returning from a groin injury Feb. 29, Afinogenov has played in 43 games. His goal total in that span? Two. He has just one goal in 28 games this year.

“Every hockey player probably goes through some bad stuff,” Afinogenov said Thursday. “Right now it’s my turn, and I need to just get out from that and be strong. Do my job on the ice, and that’s it.”

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Does Colorado Have Interest In Afinogenov

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.

The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.

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Afinogenov Healthy & Ready To Play - Anywhere

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There are several ways to look at Maxim Afinogenov’s reappearance on the top scoring line. It could be because the Buffalo Sabres want to showcase him for other teams. It could be because they want to boost his confidence after a terrible season. And maybe, just maybe, he’s there because they feel that’s where he belongs….

The Sabres need his help if they want to return to the playoffs. Afinogenov’s play nose-dived last season. Formerly a point-per-game star, he had just 10 goals and 18 assists in 56 games with a team-worst minus-16 rating….

“I haven’t lost any confidence because I’m healthy right now, which is the most important thing,” Afinogenov said. “When I was injured, I couldn’t even practice, I can’t be in shape. When I was on the ice, I was out of shape. Right now, I worked hard in the summer and prepared for the season, and I’m ready to go.”

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Can Afinogenov Rebound

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

No. 61 stands to be a huge X-factor player for the Sabres this season if he’s still on the roster, hard as that may be to believe. Shows there wasn’t a lot of interest in a guy making that kind of dough coming off a 10-goal season when he was minus-16. And Max just drove Lindy Ruff crazy at times with giveaways in the offensive zone.

Let’s assume for a second that Afinogenov is on the team come Oct. 10. He’s heading into a contract year so is it possible to think he could approach the 23-goal, plus-19 guy we saw two years ago? Or has that ship sailed?

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No More Max

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You would think Afinogenov would have evolved into a leader by now, but that hasn’t happened. He makes you long for Pierre Turgeon. He’ll make $3.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after next season for a team looking to get younger (see: cheaper). Gee, maybe they placed their bets on the wrong guy.

Why keep him? Well, he sells jerseys.

If the Sabres think he’s a source of entertainment, they’re kidding themselves and insulting the intelligence of their fans. The only people he entertains are youngsters who are enamored with his style and can’t see his flaws. Anyone with an ounce of hockey sense can see he needs a change in scenery.

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Sabres Need Afinogenov

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

He spent the first 19 games this year floating around the perimeter, drawing his linemates offside, giving away the puck and generally wasting space. Edmonton’s Jarret Stoll was the only forward in the league who had a worse plus-minus than Afinogenov’s minus-9 going into the game Friday night.

Afinogenov has three goals and eight points, putting him on pace for 12 goals and 32 points. How does a man blessed with so much give so little? It’s a question the Sabres need to ask in the coming months. Opposing defenses have effectively negated their speed this season, taking away his effectiveness.

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Ruff Has Seen Enough Turnovers

from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov has just three goals on the season, none in the last five games. He keeps giving away the puck, as his team-worst minus-9 rating shows.

When yet another giveaway led to the Boston Bruins’ first goal Saturday night, Afinogenov found a seat on the bench for most of the third period of the Buffalo Sabres’ 2-1 loss at TD Banknorth Garden.

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Trying To Get To Know Max

from the Buffalo News,

Afinogenov is entering his eighth season with Buffalo, making him the team’s longest-tenured player. Yet most people, including his teammates, know next to nothing about him.

“Max is a bit of an enigma,” said Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron, who had been with the Sabres longer than anyone else at the time he was traded in February, leaving Afinogenov as the elder statesman. “He keeps things private. He doesn’t like to talk about his personal life.”

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Afinogenov Suffered Head Injury In Round 1

from the Buffalo News,

Maxim Afinogenov is a terrible liar. The Buffalo Sabres winger was asked about the secret injury he suffered last spring in the playoffs.

“What do you mean in the playoffs?” Afinogenov replied with the awkward indignation of a nervous child standing next to a broken vase. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Unbeknownst to the devious Russian, his coach already had told the tale….

“Max, while warming up playing soccer in the playoffs, flipped over backwards and hit his head on the concrete before Game Three in Long Island,” Ruff said, “and I don’t think he was right for a little while after that.”

Afinogenov bonked his head early in the first round, and, in Ruff’s opinion, the injury hampered the speedster’s play well into the second round.

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