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 Mikhail Grigorenko

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Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with Mikhail Grigorenko who is currently with the Rochester Americans. The 20-year-old Khabarovsk native spoke about his season thus far in the AHL, improving his game, and friends in the NHL.
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Soviet Coaching Legend, Viktor Tikhonov, Passes away at 84

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Late last night, the family of Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov announced the 84-year-old coaching legend had passed away. One of hockey’s greatest minds was said to be bedridden for weeks with an undisclosed illness.
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FRWG Chats with Andrey Makarov

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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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Slava Voynov Charged With Domestic Violence Felony

It’s been weeks since the Kings Slava Voynov was arrested following an alleged domestic violence in his California home and today the 24-year old was officially charged with one felony count of ‘corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury’. Voynov will stand before a judge on December 1 and could face 9 years in prison and possible deportation if convicted. The young defensemen has been skating away from the Kings while his $4.167 million/per year contract has counted towards LA’s salary cap.

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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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