Veteran newbie
Metallurg Novokuznetsk made a significant addition to the roster with the signing of center Sergei Brylin, who on his return from the NHL spent the past three seasons with SKA. The 37-year-old forward is expected to join the rest of the team in the very near future.

Meet the players
CSKA hosted their traditional meeting with the supporters today. The event went on for over two hours: first the fans were treated to an open training session, then a friendly game, and finally autographs. During the interval club president Vyacheslav Fetisov made an appeal to the fans to not desert the team in troubled times, but to keep up their support. He also reiterated that the team has been set serious targets, and that in three years the team should be made up of local talent. The game between CSKA’s players and supporters finished 8-4 to the professionals.

Spartak will also meet their fans before the start of the season, to present the new signings and to answer any questions. The Red-and-Whites have planned an open training session and autograph-signing for this Friday.

Change of venue
The Kontinental Hockey League has announced that Dynamo Moscow will be allowed to play four of next season’s games at Moscow’s Megasport Arena (formerly the Khodynka Arena) but only if all the criteria in the League’s regulations are met. From September to November the Blue-and-Whites intend to play against SKA, Spartak (twice) and Ak Bars at the venue.

Parting company
Torpedo have decided to dispense with the services of Stepan Krivov. The defenseman spent all last season at the Nizhny Novgorod club but only played in the lower and youth leagues. He was getting used to training with the first team but did not get a single game at the top level. Previously, Krivov had spells with Lada and CSKA.

Air support
Lev of Poprad are organizing a flight for Avangard supporters who wish to see their heroes play in the Slovak club’s first ever game in the KHL championship. The traveling Omsk fans will fly on the very same Boeing 737-400 supplied to Lev by a local travel company to take them to their KHL games throughout the coming season.

Foreign legion
Spartak’s foreign legion is back down to five players: after long deliberations, the club leadership decided to say goodbye to Slovak forward Juraj Mikus. The club had the maximum five foreigners following the departure of Branko Radivojevic, but then Canadian defenseman Andre Benoit arrived, and so Mikus became the surplus import. Juraj’s KHL career spanned 49 games for Spartak and Dinamo Riga, and five goals.

Quote of the day
“They behave the way they think they should. I can’t say that such a reaction is pleasant – I just try not to pay any attention to it. What can you do when they’ll even travel to Switzerland to show their displeasure with me?” – SKA head coach Milos Riha, speaking about the fans at the recent tournament in Basel unfurling a banner protesting at his appointment.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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