Trying to Rank the Top 5 Russians to Win the Stanley Cup

With the Stanley Cup Finals underway and a potential for four new Russians to be immortalized, we here at FRWG decided to take a look back to see how the comrades of yesteryear ranked amongst one another. Criteria included a minimum of 500 NHL games, at least one cup, stats of the non fancy variety, and a whole lot of eternal struggle.

Note this list is not set in stone and a will likely look very different following the conclusion of the careers of today’s Russian stars.

Here we go!
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Mr. Universe Heads to The Great White North

Last time on the chronicles of the world’s most interesting goalie, we saw Ilya Bryzgalov head to Las Vegas for a tryout with the ECHL’s Wranglers. We speculated how the step back for the cup winning goal could still lead to inquiries from NHL and, lo and behold the Edmonton Oilers announced earlier this evening their acquisition of the 33-year-old netminder.
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Comrade of the Night- Slava Voynov

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On a busy night in the NHL which saw the goalie tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky give up a combined nine goals, Evgeni Nabokov get yanked ahead of a shootout, Evgeni Malkin razzling and dazzling in said shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin helping his team beat the undefeated Washington Capitals one man stood above the rest.
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Comrade of the Night – Nikolai Khabibulin

The Nyet Minder (cbc.ca)

The 2009-10 season is one the Edmonton Oilers want to forget as soon as humanly possible. Nikolai Khabibulin is no different, thanks to injury problems and off-ice troubles. But, as always when a new season begins, teams are reborn with a clean slate.

If first impressions tell anything, the Oilers and the Bulin Wall have a lot to look forward to in 2010. The 37-year-old nyet-minder from Yekaterinburg stopped all 37 shots he faced as he helped the Oilers shut out the rival Calgary Flames 4-0 on Opening Night. Playing in his first game since last November, Khabibulin looked to be in midseason form from the drop of the puck.

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Nikolai Khabibulin Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison


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While the off the ice stories have been piling up this summer with signings, rejected contracts, and KHL poaching’s it was revealed on Friday that Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty on two of three DUI charges in Phoenix, Arizona. The 37-year-old Yekaterinburg native was pulled over back on February 8 where he was charged with speeding, driving while intoxicated, and impaired to a slight degree.
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Comrade of the Night-Nikolai Khabibulin

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On Tuesday night Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin earned his 300th career win in the NHL with a shootout victory over the Dallas Stars. The Bulin wall made 30 saves to earn his first win as an Oiler he also becomes the first Russian-born NHL goalie to earn 300 wins.

By achieving a milestone like that he becomes the COTN by default because his feat can not be matched on day like this.

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.

The Bulin Wall heads to oil country

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Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin has become the first Russian to sign a new contract for the 2009 off-season. The Sverdlovsk native will not be returning to Chicago where he has spent the last 4 years of his career opting to sign with the Edmonton Oilers instead.

Khabibulin signed a 4-year deal worth $15 million and will get $3.5 per season. Bulin is one win shy of 300 for his career and at 36, will bring experience to Edmonton who lost goalie Dwayne Roloson,39,to the Islanders just hours before.

This will be his fifth team after backstopping Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay(where he won a cup) and of course Chicago respectively. Oilers fans will be happy to him between the pipes against the much hated Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta who he and the hawks disposed of in playoffs in April.

In the 40 games he started last year, Bulin went 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He should have no problem adjusting to the harsh winters Edmonton has to offer as it not too cold from his native city of Sverdlovsk now Yekaterinburg.