Avs Make Varlamov All About the Benjamins

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Less than three years ago, Semyon Varlamov was mere days from returning back to Russia, putting his NHL dream on the back burner and playing in the country where his career began. Fortunately for the Samara native he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the off-season where he would become the new face in the crease.
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Comrades of the Night-Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin


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If you’ve followed this website since it’s infancy, you know by now that the Comrade of the Night feature is reserved for the best Russian who racks up the most goals, points, or saves on a given night. Last night however, two of the biggest names in Russian hockey joined forces to help the wives and children left behind after the plane crash which took the Lokomotiv Yaroslalv team in early September.
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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s History Will Not Stop

(Photo courtesy of hclokomotiv.ru; translates to “Our team, forever”)

The headline you see above was a direct quote issued by the president of the KHL, Alexander Medvedev, as he and other officials, both hockey and government, arrived to the city of Yaroslavl amid the tragedy that has sent waves throughout the sporting world and front pages across the globe. From the hundreds of Lokomotiv fans gathering for candlelight vigils to the arrival of President Dmitry Medvedev, the city has been in thoughts of many and in the hearts of millions.

From a Russian hockey standpoint, many of the players both here in America and back in the KHL have connection to the club whether as opponents on a yearly basis or growing up with some of those who perished. From the biggest names in the sport such as Alexander Ovechkin who played with Alexander Galimov, the lone survivor of the Lokomotiv roster, in 2005 at the World Juniors, to alumni and fans in 10 countries which have lost their hockey heroes and icons.
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KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Charter Crashes in Russia

Hours ago, news from Russia reported a ­Yakovlev-42 Plane had crashed outside of Yaroslavl en route to Minsk, Belarus, the plane has now been confirmed as the charter for the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Of the 45 people on board, there has been word that three have survived, Alexander Galimov, a 26-year-old winger and Yaroslavl native, being the only player. Galimov was listed in critical condition with broken bones and burns. Various reports say he has not succumb to his injuries at the hospital despite 80% of his body being covered in burns. Russian authorities are assessing the crash as a criminal investigation with reports stating two loud noises were heard following takeoff.

The plane crashed into a beacon antenna, splitting the plane into two. The soviet era plane has claimed over 500 lives since it’s inception in 1980 and it’s production was stopped in 2002. It has been a goal of the Russian government to bar it and other soviet era style planes from taking the sky’s as newer planes are now widely available. This particular plane is said to have been 30 years old.
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SKA St.Petersburg Poach another, nab Grebeshkov

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For the second time in a decade Denis Grebeshkov has left the NHL for the motherland signing a two-year contract with the KHL’s SKA St.Petersburg. While the terms have not been released, it appears it is more than $3.15 million he made last year with the Nashville Predators. You may recall Grebeshkov first left the NHL and the New York Islanders in 2006-2007 opting to play for his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the now defunct Russian Super League.
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Comrade of the Night – Sergei Konkov

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A newcomer to the Comrade of the Night, Sergei Konkov makes his debut in style. Konkov, a winger that usually sees around 13-15 minutes of ice time per night, had only scored one goal in 13 games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

That changed rather quickly. Facing Vityaz Chekhov on the road, Yaroslavl scored three times in the opening 10 minutes. Former Florida Panthers center Josef Vasicek  had two of those, and the second one chased Chekhov netminder Sergei Khoroshun.

However, the 3rd period was where Konkov went to work.

He scored his first of the night eight minutes into the period, beating young replacement goalie Sergei Gavrilov.  Four minutes later, he added another one. But he wasn’t done yet, and he completed the hat-trick at the horn. The scoring spree capped off an 8-1 victory for Lokomotiv, easily their most decisive win of the season.

Three shots, three goals for the 27-year-old from Moscow. All in a good night’s work. Congratulations to Comrade Konkov!

Richard Zednik says dosveedanya to Panthers

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It appears the sunshine state ain’t so pretty no more for Richard Zednik who after being nominated for the Masterdon Trophy plans to continue his career in the KHL signing a two-year deal with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. A city who’s average temperature rarely hits 70.

The terms have not been disclosed but Zednik will join former NHLers Alexei Yashin and Josef Vašíček. Yaroslavl lost to AK Bars in the KHL final in early April. They are also the former team of rising start Simeon Varlamov of the Washington Capitals