Islanders Double Up on Grabovski and Kulemin

The New York Islanders pulled the biggest surprise on the second day of NHL free agency by signing two players that no one expected them to. Wednesday afternoon saw the Isles announce the acquisition of Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski as both signed four-year contracts. Kulemin who had spent his entire six year career with Toronto will earn $16.75 million over the course of his contract while his former Leafs teammate will earn $20 million.
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Lightning Nab Evgeni For One Year

Yesterday’s NHL free agent frenzy saw just one comrade ink a new deal, as 38-year-old netminder Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After returning from a stint in the KHL, the veteran keeper spent the past three seasons manning the Islanders crease where he posted a record of 57-43-18.
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Devils Waive Goodbye to Anton Volchenkov

With the NHL free agent window hours away, the New Jersey Devils will use their final compliance buyout on defenseman Anton Volchenkov. The team put the 32-year-old on waivers Monday afternoon ending his time with the club prematurely.

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Habs Re-sign Andrei Markov (Again)

With free agency fast approaching the Montreal Canadiens locked down the services of their longest tenured player, agreeing to terms with defenseman Andrei Markov.
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Russia Win Gold in Minsk

After failing to win any silverware in 2013 in Sweden and on home ice in Sochi, Team Russia came to Belarus with a new attitude. Their last coach was gone and their new coach preached a defensive style of play, the result? Russia dominated competition at the 2014 Men’s World Championships allowing the fewest goals against and scoring the most goals for as their undefeated run resulted in gold medal with a dominating 5-2 victory over the pesky Finns.
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Russia Announces Roster for 2014 IIHF World Championship

A new era of Russian hockey gets underway tomorrow in Minsk, Belarus as new head coach Oleg Znarok takes his shot at restoring pride in the Russian hockey program after an embarrassing exit in Sochi. Znarok has only brought back seven Olympians for the Men’s Worlds with the rest making their senior level debuts. Russia open up against Switzerland tomorrow before facing off against Finland, USA, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Germany, and Belarus. Having failed to medal last year, the new look team will hope to find the spark that was missing in Sochi. Will the likes of Ovechkin carry the team this time around? Have a look at the roster below and decide for yourself.
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Comrade of the Night-Evgeni Malkin

Heading into Monday night’s game six, Evgeni Malkin had yet to solve fellow countrymen Sergei Bobrosvky despite having 16 shots on net. While having four helpers kept him relevant in the series, it was the goal drought that had Penguins fans worried that one of their biggest weapons had lost his touch.
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Valeri Nichushkin vs. Lindy Ruff: Lost in Translation or Just Lost?

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Editors Note: Originally published on Voice of Russia, guest writers Kerans’s article set the Dallas Stars blog community abuzz. David was kind of enough to allow us to publish his response to any skepticism that his article may have produced. Below is his take on the situation.

We sense that skeptical reaction to our revelation of Valeri Nichushkin’s dissatisfaction with his handling by the Dallas Stars has been the fruit of some misunderstandings. In order to address readers’ concerns, let me clarify.
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Mr.Universe Traded to Minnesota

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In what has been quite the whirlwind season for Ilya Bryzgalov took another turn early Tuesday afternoon as the 34-year-old goalie was traded to the Minnesota Wild.
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Which Russian NHL’er Will Have the Worst Olympic Hangover?

(courtesy of Mark Humphrey)

The Sochi games have come and gone. Dreams were broken, bears cried, and one of the tournaments favorites fell flat on their faces, again. The focus now shifts back to the remainder of the NHL season as teams attempt to make a push for the post season in search of Lord Stanley’s mug.
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