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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Alexander Ovechkin Becomes Capitals All-time Points Leader

Last night, Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin surpassed Petr Bondra as the franchise leader in points. Ovi’s first period assist (below) gave him career point 826 achieving the feat in 270 less games than the Slovakian great.
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Blue Jackets Place Bobrovsky on IR

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Earlier this morning, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky would miss the coming two weeks with a broken finger. The 26-year-old Novokuznetsk native sustained the injury in practice on basic shooting drills according to head coach Todd Richards.
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NHL Suspends Slava Voynov Following Alleged Domestic Violence Arrest

In what seems to be a recurring yearly theme in the NHL, another Russian athlete has been arrested on suspicion of alleged domestic violence. Kings’ defenseman, Slava Voynov was arrested early this morning in Torrance, CA after bringing his girlfriend to the hospital after allegedly beating her. Hospital staff quickly alerted police who arrived and took the 24-year-old Chelyabinsk native into custody. Voynov posted the $50,000 bail and was immediately suspended indefinitely by the league.
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Avs Place Varly on IR; Bryz to the Rescue?

When Semyon Varlamov tweaked his groin against the Maple Leafs or possibly the next morning, his promising backup Reto Barra was forced to leave the Avs’ next game with an injury of his own. With no definite time table set for either netminders, social media is abuzz over the possibility of the Avalanche courting the winningest goalie of all-time to help hold down the crease.
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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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