There’s no official word on the status of Alexei Cherepanov, though he’s no longer included on the KHL’s most recent list of injured players. Whether that’s because he’s no longer injured or because (having been sent to Avangard Omsk’s farm club) he’s not currently on an official KHL roster is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, the player who replaced him on Omsk’s roster, Anton Malyshev, scored the game-winner in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Lada Togliatti, Omsk’s first win of the season. Malyshev was named 2nd star in the game. Pavel Rosa, who’s been playing on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Jakob Klepis, was a healthy scratch. Omsk’s first goal was scored by Dmitri Pestunov. Jagr was once again held scoreless.
The Hawks play their home opener against Metallurg Magnitigorsk on Wednesday, a game that can be watched live online starting at 8:00am EDT.
There was plenty of news on the KHL-NHL Cold War front over the weekend. Most notable was the olive branch offered by the KHL, which NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly prompty snapped in two and threw back — one half at the KHL and the other in the direction of the IIHF, who Daly accused of pandering to the Russian league. As things stand now, the KHL has dropped its original complaints against the five players who signed with NHL teams this summer while upholding their objections to three more recent signings. In addition, they claim they’ll allow the Alexander Radulov case to go to binding arbitration — the solution offered by the IIHF. Daly, on behalf of the NHL (which boycotted the meeting because the KHL was going to be there — what year is this?) said the NHL will be happy to go that route as well, but doubted the sincerity and willingness of the KHL or Salavat Yulaev Ufa, the team which signed Radulov, to do so. In the meantime, all international suspensions have been lifted, meaning all six of the original players who’s contracts were disputed, including Radulov, are eligible for international competition.
Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile, who’s team last week formally suspended Radulov indefinitely without pay, appreciates the NHL’s hardline status — the league refuses to negotiate a transfer agreement until the Radulov situation is resolved — but Poile is among a group that believes that negotiating a transfer agreement is in the best interests of the game.
On completely different topic, that last link also reveals that former Ranger and fan-favorite Jed Ortmeyer is hoping to be ready for the start of Nashville’s training camp later this month. But Orts reports that he’s still suffering from knee pain after ACL surgery last March. More worryingly, he shares that he may be also be suffering a re-occurance of the blood-clot problems he endured as a Ranger — which caused him to miss the first half of the 2006-2007 season — and may have to go on blood-thinning medication as a result.
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