Ilya Kovalchuk Joins The KHL, And He's Getting A Raise

Four days after Ilya Kovalchuk's shocking retirement from the Devils, he's found himself a job. As expected, Kovalchuk's deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL was made official today. Let's see how much he'll make, and then maybe we'll stop calling his NHL retirement "shocking." » 7/15/13 9:01am 7/15/13 9:01am

Ilya Kovalchuk Retires From NHL

Thirty-year-old Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk will "retire" from the NHL, most likely to return to Russia and the KHL. It's a big day for CapGeek. » 7/11/13 4:04pm 7/11/13 4:04pm

Here's The Best Goal From The KHL All-Star Game, Which Had A Final…

The KHL All-Star Game was more notable for the NHLers playing—Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk took part after getting permission from their American teams, even after Kovalchuk made comments casting doubt on his intentions to return to the Devils this year. (Lubomir Visnovky wasn't an all-star, but he's still not… » 1/14/13 5:05pm 1/14/13 5:05pm

The NHL Barely Dodged A Putin-Backed Russian Mutiny, But The League…

The NHL lockout is over, and most of the players (not Lubomir Visnovsky, though) who kept their games sharp in the KHL have returned to work in the United States. Washington's Alex Ovechkin is back in the States, saying funny things and wearing funny t-shirts. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin has abandoned Magnitogorsk, a… » 1/08/13 5:00pm 1/08/13 5:00pm

The NHL Lockout Is Over; Play To Start Within The Next Two Weeks…

Five days short of a January 11 deadline that would have scuttled the entire season, the NHL and NHLPA have reached a deal that, pending approval from a player vote, will end the lockout and allow for a condensed 50-game season. Teams will likely only play other teams from within their own conference during the… » 1/06/13 8:25am 1/06/13 8:25am

Ilya Bryzgalov Can't Take Your Calls Right Now; He's About To Launch…

The Russian men's national hockey team recently removed Flyers' goalie and philosopher Ilya Bryzgalov from their roster before the start of the Channel One Cup, an annual tournament for Europeans playing in European leagues. During the NHL lockout, Bryzgalov has been playing for CSKA Moscow of the KHL. And he hasn't… » 12/11/12 2:10pm 12/11/12 2:10pm

Who Needs The NHL? Your Weekly English-Language KHL Update

With a growing number of European NHLers threatening to stay in foreign leagues after the lockout, maybe it's time the fans did too. After all, the Kontinental Hockey League—the consensus second-best league in the world—has made it easier than ever for North American fans to follow the action. They've got… » 10/26/12 1:05pm 10/26/12 1:05pm

Hockey, Everybody!

We noted yesterday there is indeed professional hockey being played, and much of it can actually be watched on television! ESPN2 aired the much-anticipated Lev-Dynamo game, one claimed by Moscow after Alexander Ovechkin seized a mishandled puck and tucked it in for the game's only goal. » 10/10/12 9:00am 10/10/12 9:00am

Don't Despair, NHL Fans: You Can Watch Imitation Pro Hockey On ESPN!…

There's still no NHL hockey. It won't be coming back for a while. (But you knew that already.) So what is a despairing puckhead to do? You could always watch college hockey, which starts its national TV schedule this weekend. But you're probably not going to find the skill you're looking for there. This is where… » 10/09/12 1:05pm 10/09/12 1:05pm

The NHL Lockout Negotiations Have Been Kind Of A Joke

Did you know, that as of right now, the NHL season is still technically scheduled to start on time next Thursday? Yep, everyone is going about their business as if there's going to be meaningful hockey next week, as if all the best players will rushing back from Russia, as if the teams will re-hire all the staff they… » 10/02/12 10:05am 10/02/12 10:05am

Russian Hockey Player Gets Sliced In The Neck, Loses One Pint Of…

Damn, hockey players are an insanely tough group of people. Denis Sokolov, a longtime blueliner in the KHL, got sliced in the neck by accident on Monday, thanks to the wayward skate blade of an opposing player. It nicked his carotid artery and he preceded to gush blood all over the ice. However, he immediately got up… » 9/12/12 10:20pm 9/12/12 10:20pm