Yak Is Off To The Kay

By Trapp

Really didn’t take long at all to be honest. I fuckin knew this guy was gonna turn out to be another Daigle. I think a lot of us saw this one coming. Another first overall pick for Edmonton, horrible coaching, no development. It was a recipe for disaster.

A stop in St. Louis, and one last shot with Colorado and jus like that the 2012 former first overall draft pick Nail Yakupov has officially signed a two year deal with KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg. Who knows if he decides to sack up and come back when that deal is complete but his time in the NHL is done after six seasons.

“Yea Pavel.. HA yea it’s me. Comin over to the K… I’m 24…Later.”

Kovalchuk Wins KHL Championship Dressed Like a Ranger

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By Doud

Russians.

Gotta say he looks good in that uni.  Maybe in a couple years when he comes back to North America he can throw on a real Rangers sweater, and if so he would now bring with him championship pedigree.  2 G effort for K-Chuk in Game 5 vs AK Bars Kazan to bring SKA St. Petersberg it’s first Gagarin Cup title over the weekend as they dispatched Kazan in 5.

I like the omen that a team dressed like that won the “cup.”  Couldn’t hurt, Rangers and their fans need all the karma they can get.

Also I straight up need this hat like yesterday:

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Today in Things You Can’t Do: Unfurling a Giant Swastika At Center Ice

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By Doud

The show, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Latvian Republic, preceded Dinamo Riga’s 4-3 victory over Russian team Yugra Khanty-Mansiisk on Sunday. “We didn’t get any complaints from the security department. … Nevertheless, the league requested the event’s script to make sure there was no subtext there,” Kontintental Hockey League vice president Vladimir Shalaev told R-Sport on Thursday.
“I’m a Soviet man and my relatives fought and died in the Second World War, so of course any swastika-like image evokes only negative emotions,” [Russian team Yugra Khanty-Mansiisk director] Andrei Belmach told R-Sport. “But it’s beyond our competence to look into what this symbol really means. I can’t say for 100 percent what it means in Latvia.”

Ill tell you what it means bro: millions slaughtered at the whims of a dictator. Fact. Look it up. Doesn’t matter that it could have separate meaning for whatever given other nationalist group from wherever, fact is that Germans under this flag slapped yellow pieces of flair on every Jewish citizen they could find then shipped them off to perhaps the most horrific deaths unimaginable. Clean it up, KHL.

SIDE NOTE: in this picture I also see bacon, and now I’m hungry.

Straight Fire: Russian Olympic Jerseys

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by Doud

So apparently it seems like I’m the only one who likes the USA Unis unveiled the other day which means I’m the only one around here with any kinda style sense. Well if you hated those then the threads that host country Russia will don this winter will make you wanna murder babies, at least their white set will anyway.

Subtly yet not so subtly the Siberian sweaters are laden with their overt intentios of capturing gold a 9th time in front of their home crowd; the whites display their 8 Gold Medals down the right sleeve while the reds display the russian flag trimmed in gold as it’s sleeve stripes along with said 8 gold medals on the shoulder yokes. Everyone’s gonna cringe when the rock the whites but here’s why it’s sick: the entire white of the sweater (body and arms) is a silhouette (big word for you beauts I know) of their 2 headed eagle national crest. Creative and distinct yet simple and stylish for a 2 week tournament that happens once every 4 years. Dope city. Well done Nike, I approve.

Whatever you feel about the unis worn by each country, theres no question the ugliest thng in the tournament will be Phil Kessel..
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Kovalchuk: Not A Fan Of The Gays

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By Doud

So this is gonna come up a lot leading up to and likely during the Olympics considering they’re being held in a backward ass country that literally has laws in place against being gay. Being that the NHL has been a pioneer in the field of equality on the topic working with the ‘You Can Play’ initiative to promote tolerance of gay athletes everywhere, and endorsed by such stars as Henrik Lundqvist, Stars of the game have already begun to field questions pertaining to their stance on the topic.

Ilya Kovalchuk said this yesterday: “I agree, of course…I’m Russian and we all have to respect that. It’s personal and, like I said, it’s a free world, but that’s our line. That’s our country, so everybody has to respect that.”

So yea it’s a free world where he’s allowed to think what he wants. It’s also a free world (apparently not in Russia however) where people can love how they want. Good call bro. Keep doin you, Russia. Although its entirely possible ‘chuk is just as terrified of the wrath of Putin as probably everyone in Siberia should be, dude is all man.

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Nik Zherdev Just CRUSHING Summer.

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By Doud

-Winnipeg Sun: Apparently Nikolai Zherdev partied a little too hard after signing a new KHL contract last week.

The 28-year-old former NHLer, picked up on a one-year deal by HC Lev Praha, celebrated at the Barvikha Luxury Village hotel in Moscow where things turned violent, according to LifeNews.ru.

Zherdev got into a bar brawl and crashed his $300,000 Bentley, which was also vandalized by locals who were outraged with his behaviour. Repairs to the vehicle will cost $30,000.

Hotel staff also claimed he spent nights with various women. Eugenia, his wife, told LifeNews.ru that after a string of embarrassing events she will file for divorce in the near future.

THATS how you Russia. Hell, thats basically textbook how you America. Sign new deal, get fucked up. Sometimes you just gotta brawl with the locals, that’s part of the game. Gotta love them just kickin a dude when he’s down tho and straight up graffiti-ing the dope Bently post crash.
Worst part of the story though is Mrs Zherdev filing for divorce. Fuckin chicks huh? Dude signs a new deal, has ONE little bad week, you wouldda thought he started World War 9. Whatever I’m sure the chicks Nik pulled were better anyway:
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‘Chuk Goin Back To SKA St. Petersberg, Where He’ll basically Wear A Rangers Sweater

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By Doud
From Puck Daddy: “Ilya Kovalchuk left $77 million on the table with the New Jersey Devils when he retired from the NHL on Thursday to return to Russia.
According to Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport, Kovalchuk will be making that money up as the premiere star of the KHL – and in short order.
Lysenkov reports that Kovalchuk will be joining SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, the team for which he played during the NHL lockout. There’s where he will “become the most-paid player in the world,” according to SovSport.
How much? He speculates that if it was “a $15-20 million per year (at the taxation in 13%)” it would not be a surprise. (No word if that’s on the KHL cap or some of it off the books.)
On top of that, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov believes SKA could front-load the contract and pay Kovalchuk an enormous sum of money up front.”

Dude wanted to be a Ranger in 2010 and now at least he’ll look like one playin in his native land. Nice little extra jab at the poor psyche of Devil fans.
Dude didnt wanna come back to the NHL after the lockout ended and stayed a little longer to participate in the KHL All Star Game and he’ll be the highest paid player in the game on this planet. Also this is his wife:
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Reeeeaaaly doesn’t suck to be him. Only sucks to be a Devils fan.
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This Guy Should Come Back to the Show

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by Trapp

Marcel Hossa according to a Slovakian newspaper Hossa is returning to the KHL team Dinamo Riga. This isn’t his first stint with this particular club. Hossa joined this club at the end of the 2007-2008 season.

Following his brother Marian’s footsteps he played for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. He had two very good seasons with this club and it landed him a 1st round pick, 16th overall to the Montreal Canadiens. Couple seasons in Canada didn’t really work out, went to the New York Rangers in a trade for Garth Murray. I don’t think he was used correctly and effectively in New York. They put him on a line with Jagr and Michael Nylander and immediately this guy played well.

You put me with Jagr and Nylander I might do well but the point is when this guy was put with good offensive minded players, the best in the younger Hossa came out. After he left the show and went to the show’s understudy, that being the KHL he lead his club in goals and was in the all star game over there on team Jagr. Even got a hat trick in that game. International game is completely different from the NHL but, if this guy came back I think he’d find more success in the NHL now than he ever had.

Definitely would be sick to see him back in the league. For now, we get to watch his youtube highlights be announced in Russian. Better than nothing.