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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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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Avs Make Varlamov All About the Benjamins

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Less than three years ago, Semyon Varlamov was mere days from returning back to Russia, putting his NHL dream on the back burner and playing in the country where his career began. Fortunately for the Samara native he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the off-season where he would become the new face in the crease.
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Geno and Bob Come Off the Shelf

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For the second consecutive night in the NHL, two teams welcomed back their respective Russian stars from injury for an immediate impact. Sunday night saw the return of Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins star forward returned after a nine game absence with a leg injury. By watching the game you would’ve never known the 27-year-old center missed any action based on how he slid back into the action notching two goals and an assist to help his team see of Winnipeg.
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