October 8, 2012 |
THE NHL lockout entered its fourth week Sunday and the Flyers already have realized their biggest fear, watching one of their players sustain an injury while playing overseas. According to a report on his club's website, Flyers forward Jake Voracek sprained his right knee in the third period of a game Saturday night while playing for HC Lev Praha in the KHL. The severity of his injury remains unclear. "Early indication is he'll be out of the lineup about 4 weeks," Lev Praha said in a translated statement on its website.
December 28, 2014 |
RYAN GUNDERSON was intrigued by Russia, just not entirely sure he wanted to make the jump to the Kontinental Hockey League. The Bensalem, Pa., native heard all the stories. Plus, he'd been making a nice living in Sweden, where he was the leading scorer among defensemen in two leagues. He met a girl from Sweden. He won a Swedish league championship. The offers were tempting: a significant pay raise and a chance to play in the second-best league in the world. The catch: living and working in Russia.
May 23, 2015 |
For the second straight day, the Flyers signed a player from Russia's KHL. They added speedy 5-foot-11, 188-pound free-agent right winger Aaron Palushaj, a Michigan native, on Thursday. Palushaj, 25, played 68 NHL games earlier in his career. He split last season between two KHL teams, collecting a total of seven goals and 21 points in 53 games. A former player at the University of Michigan, Palushaj played briefly with Montreal, Colorado, and Carolina in the NHL, accumulating three goals and 14 points while averaging 9 minutes and 2 seconds of ice time in 68 games.
May 22, 2015 |
THE FLYERS signed free-agent right wing Aaron Palushaj to a one-year deal yesterday, with the hope that he can parlay a successful season in the world's second-best league into to a full-time NHL depth position. According to a source, Palushaj's deal is a two-way (NHL/AHL) contract that will pay him $575,000 in the NHL and $225,000 in the AHL. Palushaj, 25, is an American who spent the last season playing in Russia's KHL, scoring 21 points in 53 games. A precipitous drop in the Russian ruble last December halved the value of most contracts, making guaranteed American money a lot more attractive to players, especially those who hail from North America.
July 19, 2008 |
Nashville forward Alex Radulov was one of six players whose new contracts were suspended by hockey's international governing body yesterday until the legality of the deals could be probed. Radulov, under contract for another season with the Predators, signed a contract with a Russian team in the new Continental Hockey League (KHL). That deal seemingly would be in breach of a pact agreed to July 10 between the KHL, the NHL, the NHL Players' Association, and international hockey leagues in which contracts worldwide would be honored and respected.
January 9, 2013
NHL owners will gather in New York on Wednesday to vote on the tentative labor agreement reached with the union last weekend. If a majority approves, as expected, the NHL will move one step closer toward the official end of the lockout. A majority of the 700 players also must approve the deal for hockey to return to the ice. A 48-game regular season would then be expected to begin Jan. 19. The NHL has yet to release a schedule. According to TSN in Canada, teams will play two division opponents four times each, two other division opponents five times each, and the other 10 conference foes three times each.
July 29, 2013
This is a post from Frank Seravalli's Frequent Flyers blog: ON JUNE 24, one day before his client was bought out, Ilya Bryzgalov's agent bragged in an e-mail to the Daily News that he had "half a dozen" NHL general managers saying they would "have [Bryzgalov] on their team anytime. " More than a month later, Bryzgalov has not yet found a home for next season. Last week, Bryzgalov was left off Russia's Sochi Olympic evaluation roster, even though he played for his country at the World Championships in May. Sergei Bobrovsky and 38-year-old Evgeni Nabokov were invited.
May 6, 2015 |
If Craig Button's ability to predict the future is to be trusted, the Flyers and their general manager, Ron Hextall, will face an interesting decision when it comes time for them to make the No. 7 overall pick in next month's NHL draft. Button used to the GM of the Calgary Flames, and he's the director of scouting for TSN, Canada's answer to ESPN. He knows his stuff, and according to his latest mock draft, the Flyers will have the opportunity to select an 18-year-old defenseman named Ivan Provorov, who spent the 2014-15 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.
July 11, 2008 |
The NHL reached an agreement with a new Russian hockey league yesterday that temporarily ends the threat of players being lured away by big-money offers. The pact to respect player contracts across all borders followed offers made last month by teams in Russia's Continental Hockey League - which begins play in September - to entice Evgeni Malkin out of the final year of his deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was reached at a meeting of the NHL, the NHL Players' Association and international hockey leagues in Zurich, Switzerland, the home of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
January 14, 2013 |
SCOTT GOMEZ' season was over before the Montreal Canadiens held their first practice. The Canadiens sent their underperforming center home for the rest of the season before they opened training camp on Sunday, ensuring their ability to buy out the his contract next summer to remove his team-high $7.3 million salary cap hit from the books. Under the collective bargaining agreement signed Saturday, the cap is to plunge by about $10 million next season, but teams will be allowed two "amnesty" buyouts to help reach the cap. However, if a player is injured, he cannot be bought out. General manager Marc Bergevin said it was safest for the team that Gomez not play this season.