Some tidbits from the KHL media today:
- Viktor Kozlov has officially signed with Salavat Yulaev on a three-year contract. Love this quote from head coach Slava Bykov: "Kozlov – great universal forward, and it's big success that he will play in our team. He is high-level man." I can dig it.
- Avangard Omsk is showing some interest in both Frantisek Kaberle and Michael Nylander. "We want to see both these players in Avangard," said GM Anatoly Bardin. Which is interesting given most Caps and 'Canes fans don't want to see these two in North America next season. Both are signed for 2009-10 and overpaid given their contributions in 2008-09.
Alex Ovechkin won the Kharlamov Trophy as the top Russian player in the NHL earlier today. He's also agreed to take part in the Rusisan Olympic team's training camp in August, a camp that Nikolai Khabibulin is apparently going to miss. No word on why that is.
- And, finally, I was given this quote from Don Cherry from an interview he did with AllHockey.Ru reporter Vladimir Dekhtyarev, but the HNIC icon doesn't translate all that well. "In general, where this league slides? I don't understand," Cherry is quoted as saying about the finals. "These guys are not capable even to fight or hit opponent normally, stealthily so that referee has not seen. Where it suits? I suggest to struggle with Colin Campbell's department which harms to hockey, transforms game into figure skating. Allow guys to play simply in hockey and will see the show! " Maybe I could name this bit "bizarre translations from Russia?"