Kaspar to Coach, Gonchar to Stay, Volchenkov to Go?

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A relatively busy day in the realm of Russian hockey this Monday afternoon when it comes to defensemen as newsworthy headlines have appeared throughout today’s blogosphere. The biggest is of former NHL player Darius Kasparaitis retiring from his KHL club SKA St. Petersburg in order to become an assistant coach with the team he spent his last playing days with.
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The site is back/videos from Russia’s training camp

So we here at fromrussiawithglove are recovering from our first professional hacking from someone located in Iraq who has clearly mistaken us for American sympathizers.

We are back and running now and to cheer everyone up we decided to share some videos from Team Russia’s Olympic orientation in Moscow.

Here are the players coming out of the locker room to the anthem of Russian/Soviet hockey

Here are the players following their shootout loss.

The only recognizable people are Simeon Varlamov of the Capitals and Alexei Kovalev of the Senators.

Russia defeats US to meet Canada for the gold

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There was no “miracle” for the USA as they lost to Russia for the second time in the 2009 World Championships 3-2. Goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexander Frolov, and Konstantin Gorovikov helped the Russian team overcome two deficits to make their second straight appearance in the gold medal game.

They will meet Canada, a team they defeated last year to clinch their first gold since 1993. Canada beat Sweden 3-1 to set up the rematch of the two best teams statistically. The final will be played at 2 pm on Sunday while Sweden entertains the US earlier in the day.

Here are the highlights courtesy of youtube and tsn

Under 24 hours until NHL trade deadline

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It’s beginning  to look a lot like Christmas, that is if Christmas came in early March every year. What does this deadline hold? Will it be lackluster or full of block busters?  Nothing is for certain but one can speculate.  Among the names mentioned throughout the previous weeks none hit closer to the motherland than Toronto’s Nik Antropov.

The 29-year-old winger has spent his entire NHL career with the Leafs putting up 291 points in 509 career games. However the injury plauged 6’6 Antropov might have seen his last days with the lowly Leafs as he was not featured in tonight’s line-up against the New Jersey Devils.  He along with Dominic Moore are expected to be shipped out of Leaf Nation by tomorrow’s 3 P.M. deadline.

While no source is too credible in this day and age, Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski gives potential landing spots for Antropov including Pittsburgh, Chicago, Columbus, and Dallas. Some say the Devils are also interested in a big center which Antropov can step into if called upon. However this is nothing more than wishful thinking as both coach Brent Sutter and GM Lou Lameriollo have stated their sanctification with the current roster.

Where will Big Nik land come tomorrow? Only time will tell.