Nikita Filatov Headed to the KHL, Again

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It appears the Nikita Filatov experiment has been placed on hold in Ottawa as the 21-year-old and the team have agreed to let the winger finish out the season in his native Russia. Filatov who was traded to the Senators in exchange for a third-round pick failed to lock-up a full-time spot with the Sens and managed only 1 assist in multiple call-ups in a span of 9 games. While with the baby Sens, Filatov had 12 points (7 goals and 5 assists) in 15 games before asking to be sent on a loan to his old club CSKA Moscow.
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Slava Kozlov Joins KHL’s CSKA Moscow


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It appears Slava Kozlov’s storied NHL career has come to an end as the 38-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal with his former Russian club CSKA Moscow of the KHL. Kozlov’s now former club the Atlanta Thrashers opted not to resign the veteran who had spent the last seven years with the team where he scored 145 of his 356 career goals.
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Nikolai Zherdev, Coming to America(Again)

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After taking a year off from top hockey in the KHL, former New York Rangers winger Nikolai Zherdev returns to the NHL signing with rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Zherdev who originally started his pro career with the Columbus Blue Jackets comes back to the league having spent time with Atlant Moscow Oblast in Russia’s KHL last year.
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Slava Fetisov to play with CSKA Moscow at 51

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On Thursday it was announced that former Soviet Union and NHL great Slava Fetisov would come out of retirement and suit up for CSKA Moscow of the KHL at the age of 51. Fetisov last played in a competitive match in 1998 when he was 40.

Fetisov, who serves as a lawmaker for the Federation Council of Russia as well as president of CSKA will feature in the team’s line-up on Friday against SKA St.Petersburg. According to head coach and also former NHL player Sergei Nemchinov, Fetisov will be filling in for a defenseman who is already injured.

Referred to as the Russian Bobby Orr, Fetisov captured two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and one as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils where he would also play prior to joining the Wings in 1995.

It is unclear whether he will play for the rest of the season but it is certainly exciting to see one of hockey’s most decorated and respected players lace up his skates once again.

Bulin Wall Still in the fold/Fedorov’s first KHL goal

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Despite not being invited to the Russian National Team training camp in Moscow earlier this month Nikolai Khabibulin is still being considered for the final roster in Vancouver. That according to Sports-Express, who after speaking with Russian Hockey Federation President Vladislav Tretiak claims that despite not getting an invite Khabby can still get a spot on the roster.

All participating teams have until December 30th to submit the final rosters which will be almost three full months after the NHL kicks off. This could also mean that a keeper from the KHL can also be considered since they are already a few weeks into their season.

Evgeni Nabokov would be the clear cut first choice for us at the site since he lead the team to their first gold on the World Championship ice since 1993. Khabibulin would have to have an impressive start with his new team in Edmonton in order to impress the National Team coaching staff.

As may have already known, Sergei Fedorov returned to the KHL to play alongside his younger brother Fedor. Fedorov scored his first club for Metallurg Magnitogorsk against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Watch as Fedorov in the no.18 jersey(his original number back at CSKA Moscow) manages to beat keeper Denis Franskevich despite being hooked.

The man still got it as far as we’re concerned. Note his brother in the 81 jersey coming to congratulate him. Through 5 games the younger Fedorov leads his brother with 6 points compared to his 2.

Canucks sign Sergei Shirokov from CSKA

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TSN.ca is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks have come to terms with right-winger Sergei Shirokov from the KHL’s CSKA Moscow. The 23-year-old who skated with the youth Moscow club since he was 15 comes to the NHL after posting 41 points in 56 games last season. While in the farm system Shirokov recorded 80 points in 66 games in 2003-2004 with 39 goals and 41 assists.

Shirokov was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL draft after receiving the pick from the Florida Panthers along with Roberto Luongo. He is the newest Sergei to feature in the NHL which means the demand is down to 1 to replace Fedorov and Zubov.