Scooped by the NHL
Friday September 19th 2008, 12:32 pm

Still no official word from the club, but the Calgary Flames have announced that the new head coach of Avangard Omsk will be their former assistant coach, Wayne Fleming. (Thanks to reader Sonnie for the early heads up.) Various outlets in the Russian media have reported the news, based on the Calgary release, but at last check, Omsk GM Anatoli Bardin was still playing coy, allowing only that the replacement for former bench boss Sergei Gersonsky would be a Canadian who would be “well known” to the team’s fans. (No offense to Fleming, but we doubt that.) Bardin said the official announcement would come once the requisite paperwork was filed and the candidate arrived in the city. Championat.ru is reporting that Fleming will be assisted by 47-year old Czech coach Miloslav Gorzhava.

Meanwhile, Omsk improved their record to 3-6 today with a 5-1 defeat of Lada Togliatti, which included the first goal of the season for Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov. We’ll have more on the game, including highlights and photos, later.

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