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Datsyuk and Kovalchuk headline latest to sign in KHL

Sep 16, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

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While Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar had KHL deals locked up almost immediately after the lockout went into effect, more NHL players are landing temporary jobs in the Russian pro league.

Chuck Pleiness reports Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk has landed a spot with Ak-Bars Kazan. Datsyuk last played for them back in 2000-01, his final season in Russia before coming to the NHL. He played for Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 lockout.

Meanwhile, Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports Ilya Kovalchuk will sign with SKA on September 19. Coincidentally enough, Kovalchuk played for Ak-Bars Kazan during the 04-05 work stoppage.

Ruslan Fedotenko‘s agent, Allan Walsh, announced his client would be playing for Donbass Donetsk in the KHL. Donetsk is located in Ukraine, his home country, so it makes plenty of sense he’d play for the home team there. Chesnokov adds that Jets forward Alexei Ponikarovsky will also sign with Donbass.

Meanwhile, Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin will be teaming up with Malkin and Gonchar in Magnitogorsk according to Chesnokov. Expect more of these signings to happen in the coming days as the KHL season is already underway.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    I wonder what channel the KHL will be on…

  2. lordfletcher - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    PHT needs to have a player / team tracker page going for who on what teams have signed. Will be fun to watch as the days / weeks go on….

    might as well add AHL / CHL lists too :)

  3. semin28 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Bye NHL

  4. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Go! Don’t let the door hit you in ass. Greedy bastards.

  5. firemarshal1 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    No Fans equals NO REVENUE, which means no salaries for the players. Who wins, NO ONE. Oh wait, the fans WIN, we save our hard earned money. Hmm, just saying. Tic, toc, that’s your NHL career passing you bye.

    As fans, we need to call our TV subscription companies – Comcast, Directv, and Dish Network demanding a partially monthly refund for no NHL games on the NBC Sports Network.

    This way the fans don’t get screwed by the players or by the owners.

    This needs to STOP, the NHL fans are strike from the greedy millionaire players and the billionaire owners.

    Both of you, are despicable. You should be a shame of yourselves. Did you think about the stadium vendors whose lives depend on the games?

  6. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM


    I like how these NHL players want us fans to feel all sorry and sympathetic for them while they go prancing off to make to make even more millions elsewhere, leaving our sorry asses behind with positively nothing. With the Russians I can understand it, as the word “loyalty” doesn’t even exist in their miserable language. It’s the rest of them however who truly make me sick. Crosby, Suter, Parise, Luongo, Doan … the lot of them. Nothing but a bunch of spineless, overpaid, uneducated, predictable, simpletons ! I hope the weasel Bettman and the owners screw these jerks real good, while blowing their own brains out in the process …

    and by the way … “eff you” EA Sports and go shove your suck-hole games !

  7. joewilliesshnoz - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Looks like it’s gonna be a RED OCTOBER !

  8. danphipps01 - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Gary Bettman: the best commissioner the KHL’s ever had.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Sep 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    CLAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every time I clapped Gary bettman led the NHL to a lockout

  10. langforc - Sep 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Dmitry Chesnokov has said that Ak Bars has confirmed that Dats has not agreed to a contract with them. Just use the link provided above to find the tweet. Might still happen but for now Dats is not playing in the KHL.

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