Alex Ovechkin Becomes Capitals Franchise Goals Leader

Last night, Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin surpassed Petr Bondra as the franchise leader in goals. Ovi reached the franchise plateau in 205 games less than his predecessor. It was the second major franchise record he surpassed this year, having passed Bondra for points earlier this season.
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Evgeni Nabokov Retires from NHL as a Shark

On Wednesday afternoon, one the greatest goalies to ever don a Russian national jersey hung his skates up for good at the starting point of his hockey career. 39-year-old Evgeni Nabokov announced his retirement from the NHL a member of the San Jose Sharks after being traded for future considerations from Tampa Bay earlier in the week.
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Lightning Waive Goodbye to Evgeni Nabokov; Recall Vasilevskiy

What was suppose to be an insurance signing for the Tampa Bay Lightning turned out to be a big risk as the team has parted with veteran netminder, Evgeni Nabokov. Brought in for just one season to back-up Ben Bishop, the 39-year-old Nabby posted a 3-6-2 with an .882 save percentage and a 3.15 GAA in 11 games before being placed on waivers earlier today.
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Bobrovsky Remains on the Case for Four More Years

The best goaltender to ever don a Columbus Blue Jacket jersey has secured his near-term future (by today’s contract standards) by signing a four-year extension. Sergei Bobrovsky agreed to add another few years to stay put by agreeing to a contract worth $29.7-million. The 26-year old will become the second highest paid netminder in the NHL with his $7.425 million cap hit for the next four seasons.
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Slava Voynov to Stand Trial on Domestic Violence Felony

Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov will get his day in court after a judge ruled that the evidence provided in a preliminary hearing was enough to go forward with a trial.
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Ilya Bryzgalov Invited for Tryout with Anaheim Ducks

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With both their starter and back-up injured, their prospects still honing their trade in the AHL, the Anaheim Ducks have reached out to a former player to help fill the void in the crease. That player of course is hockey’s most entertaining player, the one and only, Ilya Bryzgalov.
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FRWG Chats with Andrey Makarov

(courtesy of Dan Hickling)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with netminder Andrey Makarov who currently plays for the Rochester Americans. The 21-year-old Kazan native spoke about why he choose to stay in North America, his friends around the hockey community and his favorite US city. Be sure to catch our next interview next week with Mikhail Grigorenko.

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Valeri Nichushkin to Miss Four Months Due to Hip Injury

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The Dallas Stars announced over the weekend that 19-year-old winger would undergo surgery on a nagging hip injury. The Chelyabinsk native struggled with a the injury during training camp and was placed on the injured reserve two games into the season. Nine games later, he made his 20414 debut only to be shut down and placed back on the shelf after just four games.
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Vladimir Tarasenko Earns First Career Gordie Howe Hat Trick (Video)

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Last night, one of Russia’s youngest exports shined bright yet again as the Blues’ Vladamir Tarasenko scored his 10th goal of the year. Like many games already, the 22-year-old had a game with multiple points when he notched his 19th helper. However the true highlight of the night came when the winger took exception to a hit by Eric Nystrom and decided to drop the gloves.
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Sergei Gonchar Traded to Montreal

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The greatest Russian defensemen in NHL history has been traded north of the border as the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 40-year-old journeymen. In return, the Habs send Travis Moen. Gonchar, who just rejoined the Stars lineup after missing the first 11 games with an ankle injury will return to the eastern conference having played there his entire career before signing an ambitious contract last summer.
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