By Geneen Pipher, Hockey VIPs Magazine
October 28, 2015
In our Russian Roundup, we bring you the latest news on the hottest happenings, personalities and players in the Kontinental Hockey League. Get your KHL news here!
Ex-Avalanche D-man Headed for Russia
Veteran defenseman Ryan Wilson, who spent six seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, will reportedly sign a contact with a Kontinental Hockey League franchise in the near future. According to R-Sport, he is in talks to join “one of the KHL’s Eastern Conference franchises” according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
The 28-year-old blueliner took part in Calgary Flames training camp in September on a professional try out contract. The club released him before the season began. In 230 NHL games, Wilson tallied 67 points (7 goals and 60 assists).
Kirill Kabanov on the Move Again
Former New York Islanders prospect Kirill Kabanov has signed a one-year contract with the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa. He will wear No. 3. (Watch a humorous video of a reporter tracking down Kabanov at the Ufa airport)
Though he joins the team with the KHL season already in full swing (the league played its first games in late August), Kabanov said he believes he will be in mid-season shape in no time.
“I’ve missed a couple of weeks — I haven’t skated [but] I hope I’ll get into shape quickly,” he said in an interview with Championat, adding that he already knows some of the players and believes he will blend well with the squad.
The much ballyhooed left winger parted ways with the Islanders in 2014, having never suited up for a regular season NHL game. He spent the 2014-15 season with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League, where he scored 29 points in 43 games (11 goals, 18 assists).
CSKA Moscow Honors Pavel Bure
Russia’s most famous hockey club honored one of the country’s most famous players Wednesday night. The Red Army club raised Pavel Bure’s No. 10 to the rafters at the CSKA Ice Palace in Moscow as the Russian Rocket looked on.
Bure began his career with CSKA, playing on a line with future NHL stars Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny. The three eventually found their way West to dazzle NHL audiences and become some of the league’s first Russian superstars.
In 702 NHL games, Bure averaged more than a point a game, finishing his career with 779 (437 goals, 342 assists). He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
Photograph: From NHL.com; Salavat Yulaev Ufa; Kontinental Hockey League
Translations: Tatiana Markina