Alexander Semin Lands in Montreal

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After being bought out prior to the opening of free agency window, Alexander Semin had remained on the market for 24 days without much reports of where his hockey career would continue. However, moments ago the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 31-year-old Krasnoyarsk native agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.1 million. A low risk move for the Habs can pay off greatly as Semin’s numbers prior to last years fluke season earned him a reputation of being one the better snipers in the NHL today.
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Slava Voynov sentenced to 90 Days in Jail after pleading no contest

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(photo courtesy of Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze via AP)

The Slava Voynov assault case is finally reaching an end as a judge ruled yesterday that the 25-year defenseman will have to spend 90 days in county jail as well as serve three years probation. The ruling comes after the Chelyabinsk native pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of one count of corporal injury to spouse. 
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Artem Anisimov Sent to Blackhawks in a 7 Player Deal; Signs Extension (Updated)

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For the second time in his career, Artem Ansimov has been traded to a new city just as things were starting to click. With one year left on his three-year extension with the Blue Jackets, Columbus shipped him to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in a multi-player deal that included Brandon Saad. 
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Carolina Hurricanes to Buy Out Alexander Semin

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: An NHL team signs a Russian player to a ridiculous contract only to buy him out within the next three seasons. No it’s not a case of deja vu, instead it has officially become a recurring tradition as the Carolina Hurricanes have announced they will buy out Alexander Semin. You might recall the then 29-year-old Krasnoyarsk native signing a 5-year $35 million extension in 2013 which many thought was too much money for a player described as enigmatic by pundits and fans alike.
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Sergei Fedorov Elected to The Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct just its sixth Russian-born player later this year as its saved the best for last with the nomination of Sergei Fedorov. In his first year of eligibility, the one-time Russian superstar will be immortalized among the likes of Gretzky, Howe, Kharlamov and Fetisov.
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Anton Khudobin Traded to Anaheim

Another day, another Russian being traded during the NHL Draft. Just like day one which saw Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov being dealt in the early moments, day two similarly saw the Carolina Hurricanes deal the Russian no one expected (looking at you Alex Semin) sending goalie Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks for James Wisniewski.
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Sabres Send Grigorenko and Zadorov to Colorado

With the 2015 NHL Draft about to kick-off in Florida earlier this evening, news broke that the Buffalo Sabres acquired the coveted top-six forward Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche. In exchange, the Avs received Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 draft. The trade signals the end of a tumultuous time for Grigorenko who spent time bouncing around in the QMJHL, AHL, and NHL under the watchful and reluctant eye of Ted Nolan.
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Trying to Rank the Top 5 Russians to Win the Stanley Cup

With the Stanley Cup Finals underway and a potential for four new Russians to be immortalized, we here at FRWG decided to take a look back to see how the comrades of yesteryear ranked amongst one another. Criteria included a minimum of 500 NHL games, at least one cup, stats of the non fancy variety, and a whole lot of eternal struggle.

Note this list is not set in stone and a will likely look very different following the conclusion of the careers of today’s Russian stars.

Here we go!
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Flyers Sign Evgeni Medvedev

Earlier today, the Philadelphia Flyers announced they had agreed to terms with KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev. The soon-to-be 33 year old will get his first taste of North American hockey having spent his entire time in Russia.
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Alex Ovechkin Becomes Capitals Franchise Goals Leader

Last night, Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin surpassed Petr Bondra as the franchise leader in goals. Ovi reached the franchise plateau in 205 games less than his predecessor. It was the second major franchise record he surpassed this year, having passed Bondra for points earlier this season.
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