June 22, 2015 |
As the Kremlin stokes the conflict in Ukraine and ratchets up tensions with NATO, there's lots of talk about a Cold War redux. So it was fascinating to hear Mikhail Khodorkovsky - the billionaire oil magnate whom Russian President Vladimir Putin imprisoned for a decade - describe a Russia that could be a democratic ally of America and Europe 10 or 20 years from now. "Sooner or later, the system will collapse," Khodorkovsky told the Atlantic Council...
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.
May 6, 2015 |
The following is a list of notable former NHL players who went on to play in the Kontinental Hockey League: Player Last NHL Recent KHL Ilya Kovalchuk 2012-13 SKA-St. Petersburg Slava Kozlov 2009-2010 Atlant Moscow Oblast Miroslav Satan 2009-2010 Bratislava Slovan Ruslan Fedotenko 2012-13 Donbass HC Nikolai Zherdev 2010-11 Moscow Dynamo Source: TheHockeyWriters.com
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.
November 21, 2014 |
Helen Drutt, Philadelphia czarina of the American crafts renaissance of the last half century, has conveyed a collection of 74 donated works, many of them created by artists with regional associations, to the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. "Amazingly I was able to obtain 74 gifts from artists and patrons" from across the country, Drutt said in an e-mail exchange. "The value of the gifts collectively [is] $2 million dollars . . . and they will become a permanent part of the Hermitage collection.
August 27, 2014 |
THE RUSSIAN Anti-Doping Agency suspended one of the country's top race-walking officials yesterday in connection with a major doping investigation. Viktor Kolesnikov is a director of Russia's race-walking center in the city of Saransk. The center has turned Russia into the dominant country in the sport, but has also seen at least 17 of its athletes banned or suspended for doping. Some of the athletes affected include Olympic 20-kilometer champion Elena Lashmanova , banned for 2 years in June, and Stanislav Emelyanov , stripped of his 2010 European gold medal last month.
May 19, 2014 |
WITHOUT AS much as a phone call, Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson bolted for Russia. For Gustafsson, the writing apparently was on the wall. In addition to acquiring Andrew MacDonald last season before the trade deadline, coach Craig Berube decided to use 39-year-old Hal Gill over him for Game 5 against the Rangers, with Nick Grossmann out. Yesterday, while skating for Sweden in the World Championships in Belarus, word leaked out that Gustafsson will join Avangard Omsk in Russia's KHL next season.
May 18, 2014 |
Erik Gustafsson, who in 31 games had the highest plus-minus rating of any Flyers defenseman this season, is heading to the KHL in Russia. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said that he was "disappointed" Gustafsson had signed with Avangard, but that he wished the young defenseman well. Gustafsson, 25, is a pending restricted free agent. The Flyers said they intend to give him a qualifying offer and retain his rights if he returns from Russia at some point. If the Flyers don't re-sign Kimmo Timonen, Gustafsson figured to find a regular spot in the defensive rotation until some promising prospects - most notably, Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg - are NHL-ready.
May 18, 2014
Seek security from civic strength In his remarks at the Sept. 11 museum dedication in New York last week, President "Yes We Can" Obama made a George W. "Bring It" Bush-worthy statement ("Obama: 'Nothing can ever break us'," May 16). Sounds good, but it's not true. Are we nothing? We can break ourselves by continuing down the wrong paths, including the creation of a surveillance nation, trade deals that off-shore better jobs for cheap, shiny objects and corporate profits, growing wealth inequality, and government dysfunction led by one party favoring a tax-free and science-denying America, and another that's well-meaning but enabling.
May 2, 2014 |
FORMER FLYERS coach Mike Keenan has another Cup: The Gagarin Cup. Keenan, whose first NHL head-coaching job was with the Flyers in the mid-1980s, coached Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the Kontinental Hockey League championship yesterday. Metallurg beat Lev Prague, 7-4, in Game 7, making Keenan the first North American coach to win the Gagarin Cup and the first to win the NHL and KHL championships. Keenan won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994, his only season with the team.