From Russia With Gloves: Getting to Know the NHL’s Latest KHL Imports


The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! The opening of the NHL free agency period saw for the first time in years, Russian players choosing to leave the motherland instead of running home. We try our best to give all the incoming comrades an evulation and how they will mix into their new teams.
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Slava Voynov Announces His Return to Russia


After serving two-thirds of his 90-day sentence in county jail and almost immediately being arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement upon his release, Slava Voynov is headed back to Russia. However, the announcement did not come from a immigration or government official but rather the 25-year-old promising defensemen instead.
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Slava Voynov’s NHL Career Now ICE’d

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The Slava Voynov saga added a new chapter on Wednesday as the 25-year-old LA Kings defensemen was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Voynov, who had just been released from the Seal Beach Detention Center after pleading guilty and serving time for domestic abuse is currently being held at an unknown ICE detention center.
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Alexander Semin Lands in Montreal


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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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)


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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