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Loading up: Datsyuk, Bryzgalov set to join CSKA Moscow

Sep 19, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk AP

One of the KHL’s biggest clubs is making a massive push for NHL talent during the lockout.

CSKA Moscow — who already paid large to acquire the services of Nashville’s Alexander Radulov — are reportedly bringing aboard Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Datsyuk played for one of Moscow’s other famous teams, HC Dynamo, during the last work stoppage, alongside a talented 18-year-old by the name of Alexander Ovechkin.

As reported earlier, Ovechkin has agreed to re-join Dynamo during the lockout, meaning he and Datsyuk will be prominent fixtures when the next Capital City Derby takes place.

Bryzgalov didn’t return to Russia during the last lockout, opting to play with AHL Cincinnati, but is on record saying he’d go to the KHL in the event of a work stoppage this season.

The signings, as reported by SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov and Sports-Express’ Slava Malamud, would make an already formidable CSKA lineup all the more powerful.

The team is led by ex-NHLers Radulov, Denis Arkhipov, Vladimir Zharkov, Oleg Kvasha and Sergei Shirokov and is reportedly in talks with New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

Volchenkov is a graduate of the CSKA hockey school and played one season with the senior team before joining the Ottawa Senators in 2002-03.

  1. xaf605 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Lol these guys willing to go overseas to play for less money but wont do it in the nhl what gives

    • trick9 - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      These are only the players that can actually get a job overseas. You should realise that players going overseas represent just about 5-10% of the players. They might be willing to take a pay cut to stay in NHL but players that already have smaller salaries are not willing to do it.

    • hockeydon10 - Sep 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      They’re not joining these KHL teams because of the money. They love to play, they realize the best way to stay in game shape is to play real games, it’s their home country (or near to it) in many cases. There are other reasons they’re doing this than just the dollars.

  2. hibackhand - Sep 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I’d pay for that Centre Ice Package for the KHL in a heartbeat. They should make that happen..!

  3. hockinj25 - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Maybe Datsyuk could teach Radulov to play real hockey instead whatever he was doing when he came over at the end of the season.

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