NHL Free Agency Day 1 Round-Up

13588706_10101345712308804_475544171_oYesterday’s free agent frenzy saw a few Russians take their talents to new places, or be rewarded by their current teams with contract extensions. Let’s take a quick glance around the league. Read more…

Alex Radulov Returns to NHL (Again), Signs With Montreal

One-time Nashville Predator and one of the best players in the KHL is returning to the NHL after a four-year absence. Alexander Radulov has agreed to a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $5.75 million. The 29-year-old winger has spent the last four seasons with CSKA Moscow where he has scored 78 goals along with 238 points in 131 games. Prior to going back home, Radulov played in 154 gameswith the Preds scoring 102 points. This marks his third return to the NHL, having dishonored his contract to play in Russia, returning to Nashville for 9 games and a short playoff run, before signing with CSKA.
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Just Two Russians Taken in 2016 NHL Draft 1st Round

splitA draft year heralded by many as “average”, saw just two Russians selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The Montreal Canadiens selected Mikhail Sergachev 9th overall, while the Philadelphia Flyers took German Rubtsev 22nd. Read more…

Montreal Waives Goodbye to Alex Semin

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It appears the Alex Semin Montreal experiment has run it’s course not even half way through his one-year deal. The Canadiens are expected to waive the 31-year old winger who featured in 15 of Montreal’s 28 games. Having last played on November 25, Semin was only able to notch one goal and three helpers with his limited ice time and his placement on waivers doesn’t come as a total surprise. It will be interesting to see whether he reports to the AHL or is scooped up by another team who can’t pass on the opportunity of a 500 career point scorer for the remainder of the season.
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Alexander Semin Lands in Montreal


After being bought out prior to the opening of free agency window, Alexander Semin had remained on the market for 24 days without much reports of where his hockey career would continue. However, moments ago the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 31-year-old Krasnoyarsk native agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.1 million. A low risk move for the Habs can pay off greatly as Semin’s numbers prior to last years fluke season earned him a reputation of being one the better snipers in the NHL today.
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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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Habs Re-sign Andrei Markov (Again)

With free agency fast approaching the Montreal Canadiens locked down the services of their longest tenured player, agreeing to terms with defenseman Andrei Markov.
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Andrei on-the-Mark-ov earns Comrade of the Night

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On a night where many Russian NHL’ers were getting their first goals or wins of the season, one man stood above the rest. Having only suited up 17 times for the Montreal Canadiens since Nov. 9, 2010, Andrei Markov scored two goals against the Florida Panthers and showed (at least for one night) that he still has quite the cannon from the point. Finally past the two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries on his right knee, Markov showed little hesitance on using his beloved slapshot, making netminder Scott Clemmensen look absolutely hapless on both goals.
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Alex Kovalev Returns to the NHL with the Panthers

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After leaving the NHL for Russia and Switzerland, Alex Kovalev has once again landed back in the eastern conference. Earlier today, the 39-year-old signed a one-year-deal for $1 million with the Florida Panthers after attending their camp on a tryout basis. Kovalev joins a Panthers team that surprised many last season by winning their first ever division crown before being eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in the first round.
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Andrei Kostitsyn Dealt to Nashville; Reunites with Brother

The Kostitsyn era in Montreal has officially come full circle as the second half of the Belorussian brothers was dealt earlier today in the first major deal of the NHL trade deadline. While the destination isn’t officially nicknamed the “City of Brotherly Love” Andrei Kostitsyn was dealt to the team which acquired his brother, Sergei, back in 2010.
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