Avangard Omsk announced that they hired a new head coach, but they are hiding his name because the deal is not 100% done as he could not reach Russia yet, and they confirmed that he will be a well-known name from Canada.
The most probable name is for the moment Wayne Fleming, and this was already written by some Canadian media.
I would say that they will drop sooner or later. They have no stars and in a long season it will hurt them. But it will be fun to see if they manage to top the standings or even to stay let's say in the first 6/7 teams. Their first line clicks good and is very quick.
Is it true that his contract was 1.1 million last season in Columbus?
Last season it was 1.85 million, actually (the previous GM liked Duvie alot and gave him a good contract). He got another concussion and was deemed not good enough for the NHL anymore (his play had declined for a few seasons), he took the demotion to the minors in stride and finished the season in the AHL and was bought out over the summer.
I guess Sperrle joined Riga? What happened to Masalskis?
And can anyone tell me what happened to...
Another young hockey player in Russia has died. According to Russian news reports, 20-year-old goalie Artur Bagautdinov died Thursday night in a fall from a second-story window while visiting his friends’ apartment in Kaliningrad. Bagautdinov played for Yuzhny Ural Orsk in the Russian Vyshaya Liga, that country’s equivalent of the A.H.L. Until this season he had played for Ak Bars-2, the Vyshaya Liga farm club of Ak Bars Kazan.