The SKA St. Petersburg board held a meeting today to evaluate the performance of the team over the 2013-14 season, which ended in a 4-2 series defeat at the hands of Lokomotiv in the Western Conference semi-finals.
The board viewed the result as unsatisfactory and has responded with a complete overhaul of the staff. Exiting the club are head coach Jukka Jalonen, assistants Mikhail Kravets and Alexei Gusarov, goaltending coach Jussi Parkkila, fitness coaches Alexander Troshin and Denis Mikhailichenko, general manager Alexei Kasatanov and sporting director Andrei Tochitsky, although Kravets will take charge of team affairs until the new head coach takes over on April 30th.
The new man in charge has been named as former Salavat Yulaev and Russia national team boss Vyacheslav Bykov, and he gave a short interview to the SKA press office about his appointment:
“I am very happy to work at a club like SKA with such an illustrious hockey tradition, and I’m grateful to the board for entrusting me with the job.”
“How closely have you been following the KHL and SKA over the last few seasons?”
“I always try to follow hockey and I keep track of the KHL and the other European leagues. I watched some of SKA’s games, including the recent playoffs, on TV, and of course it was a disappointment that the team under-performed. No doubt there are reasons behind the poor results, but it’s not for me to comment on them.”
“What kind of hockey should SKA play next season?”
“The winning kind.”
“When you are planning to start work?”
“I’ve already started.”