Traktor not stopping
Straight after returning from Switzerland, Traktor’s players faced a training session back on their own ice. It is all because on Monday they begin the battle for the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region Cup, in which their opponents will be Avangard, Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Neftekhimik. One man unlikely to take part is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was training to an individual program in Switzerland and must avoid strong challenges, but the rest of Traktor’s players are fit enough to play.

25 players
Avangard announced the roster for the tournament in Chelyabinsk. It turns out that Anton Kuryanov will be traveling with the team, despite recently picking up an injury in preseason training, and fans of the Omsk club will see the first outings for the team’s new stars: world champion Anssi Salmela (pictured), plus forwards Alexander Frolov and Denis Platonov.

The games from Chelyabinsk will be broadcast on the KHL TV channel.

Chekhov and Czechs
Both Vityaz and Salavat Yulaev enjoyed 3-1 victories in Sunday’s preseason friendlies. The Moscow Region team overcame Metallurg Novokuznetsk, and the troika of Panarin – Tarnasky – Dvurechensky celebrated a goal each, with Panarin twice providing the assists for his linemates. Romanov replied for Metallurg.

Meanwhile, the Gagarin Cup holders were in the Czech Republic defeating Energie of Karlovy Vary. Klepis, Schastlivy and Proshkin scored Salavat’s goals while Kolesnik guarded the net.

Stationed in Finland
Sibir’s players are heading off for their second spell of training in Finland, where they face five outings against local sides. Their opponents will be clubs from the strongest league in Finland, plus representative teams featuring players from several teams. The first game is on the 16th of August. 

On trial
Metallurg Novokuznetsk signed up two attackers on try-out contracts. Andrei Kuzmin began the summer at Severstal, but after a few weeks of training he and the club parted company. Evgeny Lapin spent last season in the lower league, playing for Molot of Perm and also Rubin of Tyumen, but he has decided to return to the KHL.

We also note that Anton Slepyshev, the #1 pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, has signed a three-year contract with Metallurg.

Quote of the day
“It’s really strange skating on the big arenas after spending all my hockey life on Canadian rinks,” –Metallurg Novokuznetsk new signing Brent Sopel.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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