The Vadim Shipachyov Buyout Situation – A Financial Powerplay By SKA St. Petersburg

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The leading scorer in this year’s IIHF World Championship, and the first line centre for KHL team Ska St. Petersburg, Vadim Shipachyov has been rumored to be on NHL team’s radar for months.  In April Igor Eronko of Sport Express reported that Shipachyov, along with Evegeni Dadonov, and Denis Guryanov were attempting to terminate their KHL contracts […] READ MORE


Habs Target: Vadim Shipachyov

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Centre Vadim Shipachyov, who is reportedly linked to the Canadiens, is leading the IIHF World Championship tournament in scoring with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 4 games.   With those numbers, Shipachyov is proving that he deserves a shot in the NHL. Insiders such as Elliotte Friedman and Igor Eronko have both indicated that […] READ MORE


Ilya Kovalchuk Stripped of SKA Captaincy

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Ilya Kovalchuk stripped of SKA's captaincy and has been benched for games 3 and 4 of their playoff series against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl paving analysts to look at a potential return to the NHL READ MORE


2015-16 KHL Season Preview: Bobrov Division

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Over the next few weeks, Last Word on Sports will be previewing the new Kontinental Hockey League season ahead of the season opener on August 24, which will pit SKA Saint Petersburg against CSKA Moskva. Today, we will look at the Bobrov Division of the Western Conference. 2015-16 KHL Season Preview: Bobrov Division Dinamo Minsk The Minsk […] 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



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