Lisin released by Team Russia, Anisimov lives to skate another day
Sunday May 02nd 2010, 11:47 pm

New York Rangers forward Enver Lisin was cut from the Russian National Team on Sunday, a few hours after the squad lost its final game at the LG Hockey Games, 4-2 to the Czech Republic.  Four other players, including 2010 draft-eligible Vladimir Tarasenko and former NHLer Oleg Saprykin, were also released.  Rangers rookie Artem Anisimov (who centered a line with Lisin and Tarasenko on Sunday) remained with the team, which will resume its preparations for next week’s World Championship on Tuesday.

Sunday’s cuts leave Russia’s roster with twelve forwards, with Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Ilya Kovalchuk still expected to join the team.  Alexander Radulov, who continues to nurse an undisclosed injury, also remains a possible addition.  So additional cuts will be required before the team leaves for the 2010 World Championship in Germany later this week.

Neither Anisimov or Lisin factored in the scoring in either Sunday’s loss to the Czech Republic or Saturday’s 4-2 win over host Sweden.

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    Great to see Artem is still on the team. Hope he makes the final cut. Would really help his development. … Have you heard anything about Ilkka Heikkinen signing with a team in Russia? He said he hoped to play there next season as the Wolf Pack were headed out of town after missing the playoffs.

    Comment by Bruiser 05.05.10 @ 3:19 am

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