Bardin: Jagr will remain with Avangard next season
Wednesday April 28th 2010, 7:35 am

While a contract hasn’t been signed yet, Avangard Omsk General Manager Anatoli Bardin confirmed in a press conference this morning that former NHL star Jaromir Jagr will remain with his club for another season.  “Jagr will be on our team next year,” Bardin explained.  “That is absolutely accurate.  The details will become known before the beginning of the season.”

Bardin also denied rumors that an additional, mystery sponsor had come forward to cover the cost of Jagr’s contract, and assured those present that the Czech’s salary would be covered as part of the club’s main operating budget.

In discussing changes that are expected within his club this summer, Bardin also shared that former Atlanta Thrasher Eric Perrin will not return, and that the rights to defenseman Anton Babchuk, who’s reported to be interested in returning to the Carolina Hurricanes, would be traded to another KHL team if the 25-year old blueliner opted to remain in Russia.  Finns Karri Ramo and Lasse Kukkonen remain under contract for one more year, but both have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave for the NHL if they choose, according to Bardin.

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Report: Jagr resigns with Avangard Omsk (UPDATED)
Friday April 23rd 2010, 12:30 am is reporting that Czech superstar Jaromir Jagr has signed a new two year contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.  Citing “reliable sources” the article claims “Czech forward Jaromir Jagr has decided to remain with Avangard Omsk for two more seasons.  The sum of the agreement was not disclosed, but it will most likely be less than under the previous contract.”

Caveat: This isn’t one of the better known Russian sports sites, so take it with a grain of salt until it’s confirmed by another source.

UPDATE 04/23/2010 12:30PM: Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov followed up on the report of Jagr’s signing with his sources in Russia, and posted the following on Twitter:

Tweet 1:

To answer Qs about Jagr re-signing in Omsk of the KHL: Anatoly Bardin, Omsk’s GM, did not confirm it when my source called him just now.

Tweet 2:

Omsk’s GM said it was too early to talk about Jagr re-signing with Avangard, but the club would want to do it before the Worlds.

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On the eve of the playoffs, Avangard Omsk replaces coach
Thursday March 11th 2010, 12:36 am

Just when you thought last year’s benching of head coach Wayne Fleming was the peak of Anatoly Bardin’s insanity, the man pulling the strings for KHL club Avangard Omsk proves that he still has tricks up his sleeve. On the eve of his club’s first round playoff series against ninth seeded Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Bardin announced on Wednesday that he had replaced head coach Igor Nikitin with former Finnish national team coach Raimo Summanen.

Nikitin had held the post since Fleming was fired in January 2009.  He’ll remain with the club in the role of Senior Coach, the position he held before taking over for Fleming.  He’ll be joined in that role by Vasily Tikhonov, son of Soviet legend Viktor Tikhonov and father to Phoenix Coyotes prospect Viktor Tikhonov.  The rest of the coaching and training staff remains the same.

Summanen arrives in Omsk having played a combination of 151 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.  In 1995 he was part of the Finland’s only World Championship team to date, and he went on to coach the country’s national team to a second place finish in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.  In 2002 he won the Kalevi Numminen trophy as the top coach in Finland’s SM-liga.

The reason given for the coaching change was Avangard’s poor finish in the regular season.  The club closed the season with a 2-5-0-2 stretch to finish eleventh in the KHL’s overall standings.

You can watch Numminen’s debut (and the start of Jaromir Jagr’s quest for the Gagarin Cup) live at 11:00am EST Thursday.

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