Dave King to Take Over in Omsk?
Wednesday September 17th 2008, 8:18 am
Photo: Allhockey.ru

Photo: Allhockey.ru

Avangard Omsk will announce a replacement for fired head coach Sergei Gersonsky tomorrow, and it appears the team has shifted its focus from one Canadian to another. With negotiations with former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley having broken down over a combination of money (Hartley is reported have asked for $1.5 million per year) and objections from the team’s top players, Sports.ru is reporting that the team is set to sign a deal with former NHL and Team Canada coach Dave King. King already has experience in Russia, having coached Evgeni Malkin and Metallurg Magnitigorsk during the 2005-2006 season. (Incidentally, his book, King of Russia: A Year in the Russian Super League, which details his experience in Russia, is an interesting read for anyone with even a passing interest in Russian hockey, and caused quite a stir in Russia when it was released.) King is currently coaching Adler Mannheim of the DEL.

UPDATE: In a second report, Sports.ru contradicts their original story, citing a source within the club as saying “[King] was one of the candidates. But it is unlikely he will be hired after that book about Magnitigorsk.” In the meantime, the site reports that Dmitry Ryabikin, Jaromir Jagr, Anton Kuryanov and Alexander Svitov are acting as informal assistants to 35-year old interim coach Igor Nikitin until a new coach can be hired. Is it just me, or does that sound like a recipe for disaster?

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