Even while most of the hockey world is enraptured by events in Pennsylvania and California, the men in suits are continuing to wheel and deal on the transfer market.
Ak Bars Kazan has further sharpened its offensive edge with the addition of former Montreal, Anaheim, Chicago and Arizona forward Jiri Sekac on a one-year contract. The 24-year-old Czech enjoyed a previous spell in the KHL at the two Levs - first Poprad, then Prague - before heading off to North America. where he racked up 10 goals and 19 assists in 108 NHL appearances.
By far the busiest HR department of the past few days belongs to Slovan. The Bratislava men have enlisted the services of Canadian-born Italian international defenseman Nick Plastino (30 years old, formerly of Finnish side Tappara), plus two Czech forwards: 27-year-old Jakub Valsky from Liberec and 26-year-old Tomas Kubalik from German side Ingolstadt, and a forward from up-country: 24-year-old Tomas Zigo from Banska Bystrica in the Slovak Carpathians. All four have signed one-year deals. Two more young Slovak forwards, Denis Patoprsty, 18, from Mlada Boleslav and Jozef Tibensky, 22, from Piestany, have joined the club on try-out deals.