Oilers Trade Yakupov to Blues


After years of rumors and speculation, Nail Yakupov’s career with the Oilers is over. Earlier tonight, the 23-year-old Nizhnekamsk native was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for a 2017 conditional third round pick. Just the third Russian in NHL history to be taken first overall, Yakupov’s time in Edmonton was rocky at best as he never quite lived up to the expectations of both fans and media.
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Russia Eliminated from World Cup by Canada


On Saturday night, the hopes and dreams of a once proud hockey nation went out with a whimper as the not so mighty #RedMachine was once again sent home early from a best of tournament. Usually a role reserved for Finland, the Russians were eliminated from contention against old foes Canada in this years edition of disappointment.
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Russia Finn-ish’s Runners-up, Will Face Canada in Semis


Team Russia entered their final game in group play against Finland with a simple goal. Win. A loss would have seen the North American young guns leap frog them and fce the hosts. Instead, it was a determined group effort to steamroll past a Finnish team that has been a nightmare for the Russian hockey program in recent years. After a scoreless first period, Russia would breakthrough with some slick passing by captain Alex Ovechkin to a wide open Vladimir Tarasenko for the 1-0 lead. It would be the Blues forwards second goal in as many games.
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Russia Survives Against North America


After last night’s letdown against the Swedes, Team Russia had little chance to sulk. Partially in part to a literal rude awakening at the hotel, but also because the young guns of North America awaited mere hours later. What Russia would come out after coming so close to clawing their way against a strong Swedish team versus a team that has existed for a good two weeks? It looked to be more of the same from Sunday, as again Russia allowed the first goal after Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel made Pavel Datsyuk and the D corps look pedestrian for the quick lead. Russia would get numerous chances on the man advantage but could barely muster any sort of offense as that “here we go again” feeling slowly crept into everyones head.
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Valeri Nichushkin Reportedly Returns to KHL


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According to Russian media, Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin is set to sign a two-year deal with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow. The 21-year-old is said to be unhappy with the direction of Dallas under head coach Lindsay Ruff. In 166 NHL games, the 10th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft scored 23 goals and 41 assists. Following a promising rookie season in which he scored 34 points in 79 games, injury saw his sophomore follow-up wash away and his junior year while positive never saw him stick on any one line.
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Russia Stumbles Out of the World Cup Gates


Team Russia’s World Cup of Hockey campaign started much like their last campaign ended, all guts and no glory. Twelve years have passed since Russia couldn’t beat the USA in the quarterfinals back in 2004 and if their effort against Sweden earlier today was any indication, they won’t be beating anyone anytime soon. A team that is so rich with offensive talent that is filled with Rocket Richard, Selkie, Conn Smythe, Hart and even Veznina trophy winners can never hit its stride on the international level.
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NHL Free Agency Day 1 Round-Up

13588706_10101345712308804_475544171_oYesterday’s free agent frenzy saw a few Russians take their talents to new places, or be rewarded by their current teams with contract extensions. Let’s take a quick glance around the league. Read more…

Alex Radulov Returns to NHL (Again), Signs With Montreal

One-time Nashville Predator and one of the best players in the KHL is returning to the NHL after a four-year absence. Alexander Radulov has agreed to a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $5.75 million. The 29-year-old winger has spent the last four seasons with CSKA Moscow where he has scored 78 goals along with 238 points in 131 games. Prior to going back home, Radulov played in 154 gameswith the Preds scoring 102 points. This marks his third return to the NHL, having dishonored his contract to play in Russia, returning to Nashville for 9 games and a short playoff run, before signing with CSKA.
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Panthers Trade Dmitri Kulikov to Sabres

kuliiJust as the second day of the 2016 NHL Draft was getting underway, the hosts team made a bit of a splash. Buffalo announced they had dealt Mark Psysk along with their 38th and 89th picks for defensemen Dmitri Kulikov and Florida’s 33rd pick. Kulikov balances out the Sabres blue-line with his left-handed shot and has one year on his contract which will earn him $4.3 million. The 25-year-old already has 460 games under his belt along with 28 goals and 138 points.
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Just Two Russians Taken in 2016 NHL Draft 1st Round

splitA draft year heralded by many as “average”, saw just two Russians selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The Montreal Canadiens selected Mikhail Sergachev 9th overall, while the Philadelphia Flyers took German Rubtsev 22nd. Read more…