Alex Semin Added to Sochi Roster; All Seems RIght With the World

Earlier this week the Russian hockey federation announced it would be replacing Dynamo Moscow winger Sergei Soin with perhaps the biggest snub of any Olympic roster, Carolina’s Alexander Semin. The 29-year-old winger was initially held of the 25-man squad giving way to rumors to a possible personal issue with head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov causing his omission.
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Diving into Russia’s Olympic Roster

Earlier this week, the Russian hockey federation released the 25-man Olympic roster that will represent the home team in Sochi. While the team sheet reads as you expect it, there was some very peculiar decisions made by management, let’s take a look shall we?
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Russia Announces Olympic Roster for Sochi

After asking the IIHF for an extension of roster announcements, the host nation waited until every other team revealed their squad before finally releasing theirs. Below is the offical 32 man roster.
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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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Russia Powers Past USA En Route to Semi’s

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After coming down to earth with two straight defeats to their neighbors to the north, Russia fell from the top spot of group B to third, setting up a date with the reigning champs in Team USA. Russia came out of the gate swinging and found themselves up 1-0 early thanks to Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko who tallied his fourth goal of the tournament. The lead was short lived as Stefan Matteau evened things up for the Americans shortly thereafter in what would be a topsy turvy first period.
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Comrade of the Night- Alex Ovechkin

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While our ever popular Comrade of the Night posts are few and far this season it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped watching those who a make a great sport even greater.

As we slowly creep up on the New Year there is no player playing better than Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin. Already leading the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy, the poster boy for Russian hockey put his team on his back with last nights offensive outburst.
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Mr. Universe Heads to The Great White North

Last time on the chronicles of the world’s most interesting goalie, we saw Ilya Bryzgalov head to Las Vegas for a tryout with the ECHL’s Wranglers. We speculated how the step back for the cup winning goal could still lead to inquiries from NHL and, lo and behold the Edmonton Oilers announced earlier this evening their acquisition of the 33-year-old netminder.
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Semyon Varlamov Arrested on Assault and Kidnapping Charges (Updating)


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Late this evening, news out of Denver sent shock waves through the NHL and the twittersphere as it was reported Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in police custody. Numerous reports claim the 25-year-old Samara native turned himself in on charges related to second degree kidnapping and third degree assault. As of 11 pm EST Varlamov has been processed and is being held without bond. He will appear before a judge tomorrow morning.
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Mr. Universe Heads to Vegas, Baby!

Show of hands, who had Ilya Bryzgalov heading to the ECHL after being cut loose by the Philadelphia Flyers? That’s what I thought. The $23 million man is taking his talents to the desert of Nevada on a tryout basis with the the Las Vegas Wranglers according to the club. Bryz released a statement claiming he plans to go to Vegas since he did not attend an NHL training camp and wants to be ready in case the NHL comes calling.
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Comrade of the Night-Semyon Varlamov

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One game into the 2013 season and Semyon Varlamov looked like the goalie of old. Now under the watchful eye of this madman, Varlamov shined in the season opener making 36 saves in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks. Varly was seconds away from recording his 12th NHL shutout before a Jakob Silfverberg rebound ended his bid with seven seconds on the clock.
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