It turns out Alexander Radulov might still be open to an NHL return after all.
After reports surfaced that CSKA was set to sign Radulov to a long-term deal, it appears the 29-year-old is having none of it. According to Sports-Express.ru’s Slava Malamud, Radulov has rejected the contract offer from CSKA and “is determined to become a free agent.” Whether that means Radulov will return to the NHL is to be seen, but it leaves the option open.
Radulov is currently second in scoring in the KHL with 13 goals and 37 points in 32 games, and has amassed 68 goals and 210 points in 160 games with CSKA over the past four seasons. If Radulov were to attempt an NHL return, he could very well find a landing spot. During the off-season, one reported landing spot was with the Colorado Avalanche where he would reunite with former QMJHL bench boss Patrick Roy. Read more
The KHL has seen its fair share of borderline hits this season, and there was another this past week. In a contest between Sibir Novosibirsk and Avangard Omsk, former Montreal Canadien Alexander Perezhogin, now with Omsk, blew up Sibir’s Viktor Bobrov with a questionable hit.
The shot came just past the midway mark of the first period on a breakout. A puck had been tipped to Bobrov, but didn’t lead him well enough for him to be able to keep his head up. Bobrov looked down to corral the puck that was near his feet and before he could get his head up, Bobrov was flattened by Perezhogin: Read more
During the off-season, former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov teased the possibility of a return to North America. He wasn’t getting any younger, he said, and might have one last shot at winning a Stanley Cup if he found the right fit.
Well, so much for that.
According to Sports-Express’ Igor Eronko, the CEO of CSKA Moscow, Igor V. Esmantovich, has said the club plans to sign Radulov to a long-term extension soon. That would result in no free agency for Radulov, no switching clubs and certainly means no return to the NHL. Read more
Just as professional hockey wants to do away with violent hits to the head, the same goes for low-bridge hits that leave vulnerable players flipping through the air with little way to protect themselves. And if you’re wondering what a textbook offense for a low-bridging hit would be, look no further than this hit by Dynamo Moscow defenseman Andrei Mironov.
Mironov’s hit came in the second period of Monday’s game between Moscow and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. With Torpedo’s Linus Videll cutting through the neutral zone to accept a pass, Mironov lined him up and went for nothing but the knees, taking out Videll and sending him flipping through the air: Read more
Many times when it comes to checks to the head, plays develop and take place in such a flash that it’s hard to tell where the principle point of contact was and if a hit is worthy of discipline. That wasn’t the case in the KHL this weekend, as Dinamo Riga’s Maris Jass earned every single one of his 25 minutes in penalties.
In a contest against Khanty-Mansiysk, Ugra’s Andrei Ankudinov was cutting through the neutral zone while shielding the puck away from Dinamo’s Armands Berzins. With one hand out to ward off Berzins, Ankudinov had his head down and was leaning to drive back into the middle of the ice. That’s when Jass, who had just stepped off the bench, charged straight at Ankudinov and drilled him with a vicious open-ice hit: Read more
Ottawa Senators fans, and to a lesser extent those who cheer for the Boston Bruins, may remember a crafty winger named Kaspars Daugavins. His time in North America wasn’t incredibly successful. Over seven seasons, Daugavins played 91 games in the NHL, scored six goals and 15 points and played more than 200 games in the AHL.
But Daugavins became known — or at least became an internet sensation — thanks to his ability to dazzle in the shootout. A staple of Daugavins’ arsenal in the skills competition was spearing the puck and spinning to put it home. He first pulled the move off successfully in the AHL, and tried it against Tuukka Rask on a call-up to the Senators to no avail.
This wasn’t a shootout goal, but Daugavins showed his incredible puck-handling skills in the KHL this week. In a contest against Slovan Bratislava, Daugavins shook goaltender Michael Garnett with a leg-kick-to-backhand-forehand move that left Garnett swimming in the crease: Read more
Now that Sergei Fedorov is taking his rightful place in the Hockey Hall of Fame and Pavel Bure was finally inducted in 2012, nine long years after he retired, there is an empty spot that needs to be filled. And next year might just be the time to do it.
Because if Alexander Mogilny is going to find his way into the Hall of Fame, 2016 presents a golden opportunity. For one of the few years ever, there is not a slam-dunk Hall of Famer who retired after the 2012-13 season, so the Class of 2016 is wide open for the likes of Mogilny and Eric Lindros.
And Fedorov, for one, believes Mogilny should be in the Hall of Fame immediately.
Late last week, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban made tremendous stick save to stop Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot from scoring a gorgeous goal. The thing is, though, Pouliot didn’t exactly have a ton of power behind his attempt, which might make this save from the KHL better than Subban’s heroic effort.
In a contest this past weekend between Dynamo Moscow and Severstal Cherepovets, veteran center Konstantin Gorovikov made a massive goal line stop for Dynamo.
With goaltender Alexander Yeryomenko well out of his crease to stop an earlier attempt, Severstal right winger Anatoli Nikontsev had a wide-open net to fire the puck into. But that’s when Gorovikov snuck in front, got in position and batted the puck to safety. Even the referee can’t believe it. Watch for his delayed reaction: Read more