KHL: Expansion, Removing Back to Back, Arena Updates

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As expected, the KHL president and the Board of Directors had their special briefing and decisions for the next season, and boy were there some big ones; including the confirmation that all 28 teams will stay, arena policy updates, potential Chinese expansion and abolishment of back-to-back games. The first thing, a rather small thing, is […] READ MORE


Roman Cervenka – Return to the NHL or Bust

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SKA fans were struck from out of the blue by the news that Roman Cervenka‘s contract with SKA St. Petersburg had been terminated and he now appears ready to join the flock of KHL players headed for North America next season.  Cervenka was previously with the Calgary Flames before joining SKA and they still have his rights, but the […] READ MORE


KHL Perspective: The Importance of the NHL/KHL Agreement

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Buried under the news of who would start Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final was the news that the KHL and the NHL are very close to signing a transfer agreement. The Importance of the NHL/KHL Agreement This will be an upgrade of the current Memorandum of Understanding and allow for several things. You can read […] READ MORE


Jan Laco, More Than A Sochi Olympic Star

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Jan Laco has always turned heads, but only really turned masses when he made a name for himself at the Sochi Olympics; being picked over, at the time, Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj and getting the call in net. At the time,  Corey Masisak wrote an article called “Slovakia’s Laco no longer an unknown,” about […] READ MORE


Anders Nilsson, Stuck Between Money, Rights and Leagues

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With exodus of players leaving the KHL for the sunny NHL shores, there are some prospects abandoned by their former teams that have drafted them and the AHL wasn’t an option. Sadly this means they are then stuck by rights. Some teams still have these rights to the players, an epidemic as prevalent in the […] READ MORE



SKA The Week After Part 2: New Signings

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The free agent market has some big names floating about. So far SKA St. Petersburg has been less then dramatic, but with the import spaces now wide open, the team fished out two forwards, Joakim Lindstrom and Jarno Koskiranta, and a defenseman, Andrei Zubarev. The club is filling up on top-six forwards and what is arguably a top four defenseman, […] READ MORE


SKA The Week After Part one: Roster Changes

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SKA St. Petersburg has always had a flair for the dramatic. This year was no different, as April 30 came with heartbreak but also happiness. With the Gagarin Cup in the bag, veterans left with a smile and those who made the cut sneaked into North America. Their replacements however, come from the lower lines. Nonetheless, the rumor mill […] READ MORE



The KHL Playoff MVP Controversy is Pointless

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For every positive thing, there’s an equal negative thing. Between angry blogposts and twitter debates, the controversy yet again falls on the back on Ilya Kovalchuk, who claimed the KHL playoff MVP trophy. The media, as usual pulled out it’s knives, even calling his last gesture nothing but an “Emotional outburst” But – and what […] READ MORE