Remember Jeff Glass?
The netminder was a third-round pick, 89th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2004 and is best known in North America for backstopping what was quite possibly the greatest World Junior Championship team of all-time, 2005’s Team Canada. The team featured Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter and Sidney Crosby, and Glass helped the club to a convincing gold medal victory at the 2005 tournament.
Glass then went on to spend four seasons in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators, but left North America to pursue an opportunity with the KHL’s Barys Astana in 2009-10. Glass has now spent the past seven seasons in the KHL. This campaign Glass is with Dinamo Minsk, and in a contest against Mettalurg Magnitogorsk, he turned in an outstanding three-save sequence.
The first stop was routine, a right pad stop on a shot that was twisted on goal, but the second and third saves are jaw-droppers: Read more
Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has officially inked a three-year deal with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg.
Voynov’s signing was announced Thursday, and says that Voynov, who hasn’t played in a professional game since Oct. 19, 2014, will begin skating with the team on Saturday. Without question, Voynov will be able to get into the lineup in time for SKA’s next game, as the KHL will hit a seven-day break come Nov. 3.
The 25-year-old blueliner hasn’t played in a professional contest since he suited up for the Kings on Oct. 19, 2014, the day before he was arrested and subsequently charged with domestic violence. The NHL suspended Voynov on Oct. 20, 2014, and he remains under suspension by the league. Voynov did practice with the Kings once, which was called an optional skate by the league. It led to a $100,000 fine for Los Angeles. Read more
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg netminder Jakub Kovar has had a busy season. One of only four goaltenders in all of the KHL to play at least 22 contests, Kovar has seen the third most minutes of any netminder.
Luckily for Kovar, though, the Avtomobilist defense has been strong and kept him well insulated, so he hasn’t had to make too many 10-bell saves. But against Zagreb Medvescak, Kovar was tasked with making one of the biggest stops of his season so far and the Czech netminder answered the challenge.
After Kovar made an initial save on Medvescak’s Stefano Giliati, the rebound spilled out to the front of the net where Patrick Bjorkstrand was waiting to hammer it into the open net. Bjorkstrand wasted no time getting the puck on net, but as it was sailing towards Kovar’s cage, the netminder got into the splits and flashed the leather: Read more
In 2013-14, ‘Iron’ Mike Keenan’s first season as coach of the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, he led the franchise to its first Gagarin Cup. Less than two seasons later, Keenan is out of a job after losing back-to-back games for the first time in 2015-16.
Heading into this campaign, Metallurg was looking to get back into the winner’s circle after being ousted in the second round of the post-season in 2014-15. Through 19 games, Keenan had coached Magnitogorsk to a 7-8-6 record and a more than respectable 33 points. They had won seven of their first eight games and had jumped out to a strong start.
Though the victories weren’t coming quite as often, the club was right in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference when they dropped back-to-back games this past week. The first defeat was a 4-2 loss Wednesday at the hands of Jokerit, one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference, and dropped a Friday game 6-4 to conference rival Salavat Yulaev. By Saturday, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Keenan was out of a job. Read more
When you’re one of the top netminders in the KHL throughout your career, it’s expected that you’ll make some unthinkable stops. But even Konstantin Barulin had to be surprised by his lunging paddle stop on Yuri Babenko in KHL action Monday.
In third period action between HC Sochi and Dynamo Moscow, with the score deadlocked at two apiece, Babenko was the recipient of a glorious opportunity. A shot from the blue line was deflected on its way in and ended up coming to a stop right on Babenko’s stick with Barulin scrambling to regain position in his net. With Babenko thinking he had an entire cage to shoot at, he fired a backhand along the ice which was turned away miraculously by Barulin: Read more
Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has taken the first steps toward signing a contract in the KHL after not having played a professional game in almost one year’s time.
According to R-Sport.ru’s Alexander Rogulev, Voynov has decided to request a transfer from Traktor Chelyabinsk to SKA St. Petersburg, where he will join former NHLers Ilya Kovalchuk, Dmitri Kalinin, Anton Belov, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Evgeny Artyukhin.
“(Voynov has) decided to play SKA, due to the fact that the club will compete for the Gagarin Cup,” Voynov’s agent Ravil Iskhakov told R-Sport. “This will help Voynov prepare for matches for the national team of Russia. At the moment, the general manager of SKA Andrew Tochitskii (is) in Chelyabinsk and in talks with Traktor on the exchange of rights (for Voynov). When these conditions are met, (Voynov) will be able to sign a contract with SKA.” Read more
If you’ve never heard the name Maxim Kazakov before, you wouldn’t be alone, but the 22-year-old Russian left winger is doing his best to change that this season.
Through 14 KHL games this season, Kazakov, who plays for Mettalurg Novokuznetsk, has notched seven goals and 13 points, which makes for the first time in his career that he has eclipsed the 10-point plateau in the KHL. Suffice to say, he’s en route to setting some personal bests in the primarily Russian league.
No matter how many goals he scores in 2015-16 while setting his career high point total, it’s hard to imagine Kazakov will best his tally from Sunday’s contest against Ak Bars Kazan. Late in the first period, Kazakov flew down the ice, burst past four Kazan defenders and tucked the puck home after making Ak Bars netminder Jussi Rynnas bite hard on a backhand. Read more
Everyone has heard of a goal scorer’s goal, but Spartak Moscow center Evgeny Bodrov dished out a playmaker’s assist in KHL action over the weekend.
With Moscow up 2-0 over Slovan Bratislava nearing the midway mark of the third frame, Bodrov circled behind the net and drew Slovan’s Anatoly Protasenya below the goal line. With Protasenya playing loose coverage and giving Bodrov space, the 27-year-old Russian pivot spotted defenseman Chay Genoway streaking in from the blueline.
As Genoway cut towards the net, Bodrov took his eyes off of his teammate, took a stride towards the corner and threw a no-look, behind-the-back pass that landed right on Genoway’s tape for an easy tap-in. Take a look: Read more