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KHL Update

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by davepoleck

With (former) NHL exiles Jiri Hudler, Nikolai Zherdev and Nikita Filatov all back in North America, and Jaromir Jagr’s downfall over the past few seasons, there isn’t that much that would catch a casual observers eye in the KHL this year. Oh, except Alexander Radulov, who already has 24 points in his first 13 games of the new season.

No big deal there. Here are some highlights from his 2009/10 campaign where he took home the MVP award for the season.

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Worry About Jiri?

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by davepoleck

Nothing to worry about here. It should be comforting to everyone knowing that Babcock actual said he will be on the third line, but still expects 70 pts from him. Continue reading

Zherdev Returning

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by davepoleck

There is a report today that Nikolai Zherdev has told his agent that it is more likely he would sign in the NHL than back in the KHL. In the two seasons before jumping ship, Zherdev had 61 and 58 points for Columbus and the Rangers. He made $3.25 million in his season in the League, so I don’t expect him to get even above $3 million, especially since he only had 39 points in 52 games for Mytishchi Atlant. In comparison to other recent defectors, Hudler had 54 points in 54 games and Alexander Radulov had 63 in 53, along with winning the Golden Stick Award for MVP of the KHL.

If Zherdev is willing to knock his price down for a one year deal somewhere (which is all I think teams should be willing to sign him to) then I think he is going to be a very valuable commodity this offseason. Take a look down the list of team’s that can use a scoring winger right now; off the top of my head I could see him in Toronto, Calgary, Boston and I’m sure the Rangers will get involved again. They seem to have a knack for signing Europeans that don’t produce.

Babcock on Jiri Hudler

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by davepoleck

From the Detroit Free Press:

“That’s 70 points we didn’t have. That’s a second power-play unit that can score. It’s more goals for everyone because of the plays he can make. Huds is gonna be committed. He’ll go and he’ll train all summer long, and he’ll come back in great shape, and he’ll be all fired up. We’re going to give him an opportunity to be a top-six forward. He’s gotta show he can be one, and we’ll see what happens.”

Hudler highest total before leaving for the KHL was 57 in 2008-09, but he was averaging under 14 minutes per game at the time. Aside from his game evolving since then and that he is entering his prime, a spot in the  top six likely means a spot on a line with either Datsyuk or Zetterberg.

In past years, Hudler spent most of his regular shifts on the third line, mainly with Filppula at centre and either Cleary or Samuelsson on the other wing. He was always one of their key power-play players, but always on the second unit.

The thing with this prediction is that I’m still not sure if Detroit has plans to add some more offense through free agency. That decision will depend on what happens with UFAs Tomas Holmstrom and Todd Bertuzzi, and RFAs Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves and Darren Helm. I think Helm, Holmstrom and Eaves are locks to return, while Bertuzzi has stated he wants to, but it’s going to depend on cash. I don’t think Drew Miller should be the shoe-in that everyone in Detroit thinks he is; he was good, but the Wings need more scoring from their third and fourth lines.

Filatov Struggling

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , on May 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Remember this guy. I was all about him a few months back when I started my blog. I was furious with Filatov’s treatment while under Hitchcock, and even had a little counter on the side of this side tallying his KHL points. In the past year, he has went from arguably the number one prospect in the League to one big, gigantic question mark.

He only played 12 of the Jackets first 19 games, and only tallied two goals over that time. Then he left for the KHL because he felt it would better help his development.

At the 2010 WJC Tournament, he only had one goal and six points in six games. This was after an eight goal, 11 point performance in 2009.

At the same tournament, he was stripped of his captaincy because of lack of leadership.

He was then left off Russia’s 2010 Olympic team, a team that was highly criticized for having too much KHL influence.

He did well for CSKA Moscow after the transfer, with 22 points in 26 games, but they failed to get out of the first round.

Now, with his KHL season over, he has been cut by Russia’s World Championship club. I’ll bet he was hoping the two Alex’s took some time off to rest up for next year.

It’s been a pretty rough fall from grace for Nikita Filatov. He has said that his plan is to come back to the Blue Jackets for training camp next season, but he is really going to have to impress to get his career back on track. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded during the offseason, depending on who the Jackets draft this summer.

Not Coming Back

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , on May 4, 2010 by davepoleck

Jaromir Jagr has signed a one year extension with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. No word on the amount yet, but I guess this kills the rumours that he would be returning to the NHL next season. That doesn’t really bother me because he was way better with the mullet than he was post-mullet. I’m am actually kind of surprised because the KHL is rumoured to be losing a ton of money right now. Just ask Jiri Hudler.

Here is a random top 10 of his…most with mullet:

Hudler, Filatov Coming Back

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by davepoleck

Two defecting Commies are on their way back to the NHL next season.

Reports say that Jiri Hudler was released from his Moscow Dynamo contract eaerlier this week, which means he is free to return to the Detroit Red Wings. If he does return to the NHL, it has to be with the Wings and it has to be for the two year, $2.875 million deal that he signed out of arbitration. With Hudler back on team, the Wings would have just over $40 million in total salary and need new contracts for UFAs Lidstrom, Holmstrom and Bertuzzi and RFAs Eaves, Miller and Darren Helm.

Nikita Filatov, the 6th overall pick in the 2008 draft, has stated that he will be returning to the Blue Jackets for training camp next year. Filatov fell out of favour with former Jackets’ coach, Ken Hitchcock, and bolted for Russia. He is left wing, like Nash, but will look to crack the top six alongside either Brassard or Vermette. He has a ton of talent, but now needs to show that he can play the NHL game and not go running back home when things don’t go his way.