Alexander Radulov: "I never regretted my choice" (Photo © Le Soleil) After his move from Nashville to Russia, Alexander Radulov has been very discreet with the media. But he decided to give an exclusive interview to Mikaël Lalancette of Le Soleil, in which he talked about his controversial move, about his future and about Quebec City. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. Early Years Alexander Radulov moved from Russia to North America in 2004, when he was picked up by the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. "At this point we can say that it was the first betrayal of my career. The Remparts drafted me and so I decided to come and play in Quebec. Back at home my relatives and my friends didn't understand me. They told me that I could keep on playing in Russia and still dreamin...
Ilya Kovalchuk re-signs with the Devils (Photo © nypost.com) Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk will be back with the New Jersey Devils as he will re-sign with the team. The contract's details will be released during a conference the team will host on Tuesday afternoon. Kovalchuk is a recent addition by the Devils as they added him to their lineup during the 2010 NHL trade deadline. But the move didn't boost the Devils like expected as they were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers during the playoffs' first round. During this year's free agency Ilya Kovalchuk was reported to have refused offers from the Los Angeles Kings, the Atlanta Thrashers and SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
Pavol Demitra signs with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL (Photo © Jim Mone/Associated Press) Unrestricted free agent Pavol Demitra from Slovakia signed a 1-yr deal with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. The 35 years old forward played in the NHL a total of 16 season with the Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks, with a total of 848 NHL games, with 768 points. Lokomotiv is reported to be in talks also with Calgary Flames' Ales Kotalik.
Denis Bodrov signs with Spartak Moscow of the KHL (Photo © khl.ru) Denis Bodrov signed a 1-yr deal with Spartak Moscow of the KHL. Bodrov, 24, spent part of the last season with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. After leaving Russia to play within the Philadelphia Flyers system, many were expecting that the NHL franchise would sign a new contract with the defenseman, but it didn't work out and now Bodrov is back in the KHL. Bodrov, soon to be 24, scored four points (1+3) in 17 games with the Phantoms. He'll play with Spartak with the number 33.
Nabokov's agent Isakov: "For Evgeny Russia isn't an empty word" (Photo © Getty Images) After the announcement of Nabokov's signing with SKA St. Petersburg, Russian popular portal Sport day by day had an interview with agent Sergei Isakov, in which he talked about the negotiating with SKA, about Nabokov's family and about the length of the contract they signed with Alexander Medvedev's team. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation. Isakov: "I met SKA's representatives more than once. At first we couldn't agree about some fundamental terms of the contract. So there were moments that should have been discussed in detail. But in any case I felt that if SKA would want to approach us again they would have done the right thing." - Surely a goalie of Nabokov's level would interest most of ...
Evgeny Nabokov signs with SKA of the KHL (Photo © Avelar/AP) Evgeny Nabokov has signed a 4-year, $24-million contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, as reported by the Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport. In the 10 seasons he played in California he recorded a 293-215-29 record, with a 2.39 goals against average. He also was awarded with the Calder Trophy of the top rookie of the year in 2001.
Alexander Avtsin parts with Dynamo Moscow (Photo © rds.ca) From RussianProspect.com Alexander Avtsin and Dynamo Moscow decided to break the player's contract as he wants to try and get a spot with the Canadiens, as reported by Sport-Express. During the last couple of months there was a lot of speculation around Avtsin's contract as he was under contract with Dynamo, but now he decided to report to North America. Avtsin, 19, will skate in next week's rookie camp with the Habs, and then will skate in the main team's training camp in late August. The promising right winger had three goals and six assists with Dynamo last year, but a wrist injury in January prematurely ended his season.
Sergei Gonchar signs with Ottawa Senators (Photo © Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Sergei Gonchar signed a three year, $16.5 million contract with the Ottawa Senators of the NHL. The contract includes a No Movement Clause. Gonchar, 36, played the latest five years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the 2009 Stanley Cup. The veteran blue liner had 11 goals and 39 assists with Pittsburgh last season. Recently Gonchar stated that he intends to play until the 2014 Winter Olympics that will be played in Sochi, Russia. We'll see this fall if adding a world class, puck moving defenseman will increase the Sens' odds in sports betting places.
Kirill Kabanov drafted by New York Islanders (Photo © Getty Images) With the 65th overall pick, the New York Islanders picked . He's the fourth Russian player to get picked in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft round after Alexander Burmistrov, Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kirill Kabanov, once thought to be one of the prime candidates for the 2010 Entry Draft #1 overall pick, has experienced a serious downhill fall after his departure to Canada this fall. According to agent Ilya Moliver, Kabanov's problems are caused by his father.
Evgeny Kuznetsov drafted by Washington Capitals (Photo © Getty Images) With the 26th overall pick, the Washington Capitals picked wing . He's the third player to get picked in the first round after Alexander Burmistrov and Vladimir Tarasenko. Kuznetsov, 18, has recently signed a new 2 years deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, but most likely the Caps are willing to wait a bit so that he can develop at home. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a very good rookie season with Traktor, with nine points in 35 games. He also scored once in the playoffs. He skated at both U20 and U18 WJC.