Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Video: Chris Simon elbows KHL ref during fight

By: Adam Gretz

How many KHL referees does it take to stop former longtime NHL tough-guy Chris Simon from getting into a fight?

Apparently, it takes three.

Simon has spent the past four years playing in the KHL, including  this season with his current team, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, and during Friday night's game against Dinamo Riga he attempted to get into a fight with Janis Sprukts, a move that was blocked by three of the on-ice officials, including one that was in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to catch an elbow from Simon in the side of the head at the 1:05 mark of the video featured below.

This little tantrum from Simon ended up earning him 27 penalty minutes late in the third period of his teams 4-1 loss.

Simon, if you recall, spent 15 years in the NHL with seven different organizations, including parts of seven seasons with the Washington Capitals. And that includes one particularly crazy season in 1999-00 when he scored 29 goals and logged 146 penalty minutes.

(H/T Puck Daddy)

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:43 pm

Alex Radulov loses teeth after high stick

By: Adam Gretz

Last week we passed along the bizarre video of Alex Radulov, currently the leading scorer in the KHL, hitting his coach in the face with his stick while sitting on the bench. It didn't take long for the star forward to find himself on the other side of a stick to the face, losing three of his teeth on Sunday when he was hit by the stick of Mikhail Churlyayev as he followed through on his clearing attempt behind the net.

Warning: There is some blood. A lot of blood, actually.

Karma? Bad luck? All of the above?

Churlyayev actually received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for high-sticking, but his team ended up winning the game 6-2.

(H/T Dmitry Chesnokov, via Puck Daddy)

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Video: Radulov smacks his own coach with stick

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Category: NHL
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:19 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 5:21 pm

Potential goal of the year from KHL

By: Adam Gretz

The latest entry into the goal of the year discussion comes to us on Thursday from the KHL where Vityaz Chekhov forward Evgeny Timkin scored an absolutely beautiful shorthanded goal in 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow.

A lot of times a goal requires the perfect combination of skill, luck and simply being in the right place at the right time, and all of that takes place here. The goal never gets scored if the defenseman doesn't misplay the puck, and then Timkin's ability to pull off the spin-o-rama and fire off the between-the-legs shot all in one motion is just brilliant.

One of the prettiest goals we've seen this year, in any league.

Timkin entered the game with nine goals in 37 games this season, after scoring none during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons as a member of Omsk Avangard. He also spent some time in the United States last year, playing 35 games with the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League, scoring no goals in 35 games.

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Category: NHL
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:31 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:41 pm

Video: Radulov smacks his own coach with stick

By Brian Stubits

Remember Alex Radulov, the Russian forward who was drafted by and played two seasons for the Nashville Predators, including his sophomore campaign when he scored 26 goals and had 32 assists for the Preds back in 2007-08?

In case you were wondering, he's been plying his trade back in the KHL since then, and doing it very well. Last season he had 80 points in 54 games for his Salavat Yulayev Ufa team.

So you would think he has some pretty good handling, right? I mean a guy who 60 assists in 54 games must be good with the stick.

Ummm ...

What was that all about? Apparently angry, it sure seemed as though Radulov checked his back before doing anything then unleashing a whip backward and slashing one of his team's coaches in the process.

I'm just having a little fun here, it seems (relatively) clear that it was an accident when he hit the coach, signified by his quick apologetic wave and reciprocation from the coach. But what exactly was the intent?

Reminds me a bit of the friendly fire from a couple of seasons ago when Keith Ballard took a swing at his own goal post and knocking his goalie Tomas Vokoun upside the head at the same time.

H/t to Pavel Lysenkov

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:22 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 1:36 pm

Jets claim Miettinen on waivers

am1By: Adam Gretz

On Monday the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Antti Miettinen, a forward that had started the season playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, to a two-year, $3 million contract in an effort to add some forward depth to their struggling team that, after Monday's 5-4 loss to New Jersey, sits near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

According to league rules, because Miettinen had started the season playing overseas he was forced to pass through waivers before he could officially report to the Lightning. And he's not going to get the chance to do that, as the Winnipeg Jets claimed him on waivers on Tuesday morning.

The Lightning did all of the work, and the Jets end up getting the player.

We saw this exact scenario play out multiple times last season. The St. Louis Blues lost players they had signed on two seperate occassions, one involving Marek Svatos and the other time with Kyle Wellwood. The Detroit Red Wings ran into an issue when they attempted to sign veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov after he was left go by his KHL team only to have the New York Islanders, desperate for a veteran goalie due to an in-season trade and multiple injuries, snag him on the waiver wire. Nabokov then refused to report the team, sat out the remainder of the season, and then finally joined the Islanders this season.

I still find it amazing that the same general managers who refuse to make offer sheets to restricted free agents because of some unwritten, gentlemens agreement have no issue taking part in waiver claims like this. There's nothing wrong with it, of course, as it's how the system works and if you can add a player that you think can help your team, you should absolutely go for it.

After the signing was announced on Monday Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman acknowledged there was a possibility that Miettinen could be claimed by another team, telling Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times, "There's a possibility. We sat around here waiting for a week to see if anyone would sign him. We'll see what happens."

The 30-year-old Miettinen spent the previous three seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild after starting his career with the Dallas Stars. In 472 NHL games he's scored 89 goals, including at least 15 in each of the past four seasons.

During his brief stay with Ak Bars Kazan this season he scored two goals to go with six assists in 20 games before he was let out of his contract with the club.

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Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2011 2:04 pm

KHL coach Nazarov flips, starts attacking fans

By Brian Stubits

Oh, KHL, you never fail to entertain.

Head coach of the Vityaz team Andrei Nazarov snapped at the end of a game this weekend. He became so flippant that he flipped out and began trying to attack patrons sitting right behind the bench with sticks. You can probably guess he received a game misconduct.

It's easier if you just watch.

I wish I understood Russian. The announcer seems to be giving some excellently entertaining play by play of the altercation. Nazarov goes so crazy that he breaks a stick by swinging it so many times trying to hit the fans on the other side of the glass. Not deterred by a broken stick, he grabs another and starts hammering away again.

It seems as though a fan of the Dinamo Minsk -- who won the game 3-2 -- threw something that hit Nazarov. After the tussle, he motions to his head as a means of justification.

To give you a little understanding of the situation, Russian writer Slava Malamud describes the Vityaz team as the KHL's Charlestown Chiefs. It only seems fitting that a former NHL goon like Nazarov would be leading the team. He had 222 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Sharks in 1996-97.

On a related note, there were 164 penalty minutes ... in the third period alone.

H/t to Two Line Pass for the video.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:25 pm

Elena Dementieva doesn't like her husband's fight

By Brian Stubits

Here's a question for all hockey players: Whose doghouse would you rather be in, your coach's/GM's or your wife's? Maxim Afinogenov, you remember him from his days with the Buffalo Sabres and Atlanta Thrashers, is one guy who can probably answer that question now.

In case you didn't know already (I didn't), Afinogenov recently married longtime girlfriend and the world's former No. 3 women's tennis player Elena Dementieva. She is now retired (make that two things I wasn't aware of about Dementieva).

Afinogenov is playing in the KHL this season with SKA St. Petersburg, returning to his Russian roots. He's also getting in fights on the ice, something his new wife doesn't seem too fond of. Take a look.

The two have only been hitched for a couple of months, but it seems the honeymoon phase is over. It usually takes a while for that look to come out.

Married men all over the world know that look. That's the look you usually get before you find out you're sleeping on the couch. The disapproving nod that precedes the silent treatment. It can be capable of sending shivers down a man's spine.

Dementieva's look of scorn over a fight is in sharp contrast to Jon Mirasty -- a former boxer -- who couldn't help but smile as he took a few punches to the face in a KHL scrum before unloading on Maxim Yeprev.

H/t to Sports Grid

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: October 7, 2011 10:05 am

Daily Skate: Deal or no deal to buy the Blues?

By Brian Stubits

There are 12 teams getting their season under way tonight in the NHL. Two of them will come early in Europe as the Kings-Rangers and Sabres-Ducks battle at 1 ET. Then tonight there are four more games back in North America, including the Rick Nash/Jeff Carter era beginning in Columbus. Scoreboard

DEAL OR NO DEAL? It recently came out from Jeremy Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matthew Hulsizer, the Chicago man who nearly bought the Coyotes, has reached a verbal agreement to purchase the Blues. But Andy Strickland at True Hockey says not so fast, there is a lot of work that needs to be done, but at least things are promising.

EARLY RETURN: Nothing like a small sample size. Yes, the Flyers played solid defense on Thursday in beating the defending champion Bruins in Boston, but Ryan Bright says the plan of GM Paul Holmgren that saw sweeping changes this offseason already looks good. It very well could be, but remember; Matt Cooke is on pace for 164 goals, too. Time will truly tell. (Philadelphia Sports Daily)

HIS WAY OF HELPING: Ilya Kovalchuk is doing his part to raise money for the Yaroslavle Victims Families Fund. He is going to give away signed 8x10 photographs of himself to anybody who donates $17 dollars or more. To make a donation, contact PuckAgency, LLC at info@puckagency.com to say you want to donate. A response e-mail will be sent to you with instructions on what to do. (Fire and Ice Blog)

TWITTER TRASHTALKING: Speaking of good causes, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are encouraging fans to engage in a Twitter battle for Friday's game in Sweden. The Kings have announced that for ever #GoLAKings hashtag, that follower will be entered in a contest for a free round-trip flight and the Kings will donate to the Children's Hospital in L.A. for 5,000. Safe to assume the Rangers have a similar plan. (Pro Hockey Talk)

HERE TO STAY: Last season, ballyhooed Hurricanes prospect Zac Dalpe got just a taste of the NHL, playing in just 15 games a season ago, scoring three goals and an assists. But this year he hopes to stay from beginning to end in Carolina and the 'Canes would love it if he could bring home a second straight Calder Trophy to Carolina. (News and Observer)

QUICK STARTS: The Colorado Avalanche will have No. 2 overall draft pick Gabriel Landeskog on the roster, getting meaningful minutes this season. So that begs the question: who are the best rookies in Avalance/Nordiques history? Here is a list of the Top 10. (Denver Post)

NEW AND IMPROVED: Things are finally feeling they are headed in the right direction in Columbus. The team has some Stars, the financial future seems fixed and there's real excitement for the team. Aaron Portzline previews the season that lies ahead, including one interesting cereal box. (Columbus Dispatch)

HE CAN BE YOUR HERO: Meant to include this in yesterday's Skate, but here is Kris Versteeg of the Florida Panthers being put on the spot at a preseason fundraiser after a bidding war (jacked up by GM Dale Tallon) buys a song from the crooner. Credit to Versteeg, who doesn't hesitate or shy away from a, um, rendition of Enrique Iglesias's Hero. The song starts right around the 2-minute mark.

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