Hockey Legends Gather to Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Saturday afternoon saw a special gathering of Russian and North American hockey legends as the two squads faced off to help raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief in Newark. A strong number of people came out for the cause on short notice as the majority of the lower bowl and some suites were full.
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KHL Report from the Motherland

After a somber start, the first 2 weeks of the season have been full of action in the KHL both on and off the ice.  We have seen one team dominate its first four games on both ends of the ice, a player with his name on the Stanley Cup decide to sign on to be the captain of a perennial cellar dweller instead of having another go at the NHL, and a player who faces charges for sexual assault and robbery.

After a disappointing second round playoff exit last season SKA Saint Petersburg’s management decided it was time to alter the formula.  The team got younger, and much to the objection of the supporters Milos Riha was brought on board to coach the team.  Four games into the season the change seems to be for the better. The team is seemingly firing on all cylinders already, especially on defense. 
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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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Evgeni Nabokov says Da to SKA

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On Wednesday, former San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov signed a deal with the Kontinental Hockey League’s SKA St.Petersburg for a reported $24 million contract for the next four years. With the hockey world waiting and watching as the Ilya Kovalchuk saga continued to unfold, the league quietly lost one of it’s elite net-minders who opted to go to a team that would meet his demands financially even if it meant playing in the old country.
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