Kulemin Ruled Out for Six Months

Islanders winger Nikolai Kulemin will miss the remainder of the regular season after having successful surgery on an undisclosed upper-body injury. The 31-year-old Magnitogorsk native was injured in a game last week against the Oilers and had not returned to the line-up. He scored just one goal and added two helpers through 13 games this season.
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Varlamov Breaks Own Franchise Record; Avs Borrow our Blog Name

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On Thursday, Avalanche netminder (and friend of the blog) Semyon Varlamov had a game for the ages. Varly stopped 57 of 60 shots to lead Colorado over Carolina breaking his own franchise record for most saves in a game. The 29-year-old turned away 22 shots in both the first and third periods along 16 in the second. The record setting performance comes on the heels of letting up 7 goals on 21 shots before being pulled against Vegas. Varlamov last set a franchise record in 2015 with a 54-save performance against Chicago.
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Artemi Panarin Traded to Columbus

breadAhead of Friday’s NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks sent shock-waves through the league by trading Artemi Panarin to Columbus for Brendan Saad. The full deal also includes Tyler Motte and a 6th round pick in this years draft with Anton Forsberg and a 5th round pick in 2018 going back the other way. Panarin was one of few Hawks players to not have a no-movement clause and is expected to only cost more as he continues to flourish. Read more…

Sergei Bobrovsky Wins Second Career Vezina

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Wednesday night in Las Vegas saw Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky win top honors amongst goalies for the second time in his career. Read more…

Vadim Shipachyov Signs with Vegas

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The Las Vegas Golden Knights signed the first Russian in their short-lived franchise history last night. The team announced the acquisition of 30-year-old center Vadim Shipachyov with a two-year contract for $9 million.
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Nikita Nesterov Traded to Montreal

The Canadiens quest to have every Russian defensemen on their roster grew ever closer with the acquistion of Nikita Nesterov. The 23-year-old was traded for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 6th round pick in 2017 joining the likes of fellow Russian blue-liners Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin. As a pending RFA with an expansion draft on the horizon, Tampa likely wanted to free cap space while the Canadiens looked to bolster their defensive corps.
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Alex Ovechkin Records 1,000th Career NHL Point

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It took just 35 seconds into the Capitals game vs the Penguins for Alex Ovechkin to become just the 4th Russian-born player to score 1,000 points in an NHL career. Ovi joins the likes of Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny, and Alexei Kovalev along with 80 other legendary players to reach the plateau. The 31-year-old also becomes just the 37th player to score all 1,000 points with one franchise as well as the 24th fasted to reach it in games played with 880.
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Artemi Panarin Signs Two-Year Deal

Any possibility of Artemi Panarin leaving Chicago this off-season was snuffed out last night with the Blackhawks announcing the reigning Calder Trophy winner has signed a two-year extension. The “breadman” certainly got quite the bridge deal which will earn him $12 million the next two seasons which is a bump up from his current $835,000 salary.
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Oilers Trade Yakupov to Blues

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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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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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