Former Lokomotiv and SKA forward Alexei Yashin is currently training on his own in New York. The attacker has received an offer from Avtomobilist, but as yet the two sides have failed to agree terms.

Finishing touches
The final friendly game of the preseason took place today in Nizhny Novgorod. Torpedo faced off against their own farm club HC Sarov and lost 2-3 after a shootout. On target for Kari Jalonen’s team were Makarov and Ugarov, while Vitaly Koval kept goal. The Nizhny Novgorod men’s season begins on the 10th of September in Cherepovets against Severstal.

Meet the fans
Avangard’s players met their followers today, among whose ranks was the Governor of Omsk Region Leonid Polezhayev, The fans asked the coaching and playing staff questions about the kind of hockey they can expect from their team this season. “Our main strategy is to get possession of the puck and organize an attack,” – replied head coach Rostislav Cada.

Double injury blow
There is news from Ak Bars about the recovery times of the Kazan club’s injured players. Nikita Alexeyev’s damaged shoulder will keep him out for 5 to 6 months, and Evgeny Skachkov will miss approximately two months while he undergoes treatment on his knee.

Changes in personnel
The management at Amur has announced changes to the roster. Defenseman Mikhail Lyubushin will not be offered a new contract with the Khabarovsk men but two other defensemen, Andrei Kruchinin and Sergei Dorofeyev, have signed on the dotted line.

Sibir, in contrast, secured the services of two attackers. Valery Knyazev and Artyom Antipov have signed three-year deals with the Novosibirsk club. Both players were chosen by Sibir in the recent draft and for the time being will play their hockey in the youth league.

News from Novokuznetsk
At Metallurg Novokuznetsk they have chosen the player to lead the team out onto the ice in the new season. Forward Sergei Brylin, a recent signing, has been named team captain, while Alexander Golovin and Mikhail Kuklev were appointed alternative captains. And it was announced that Novokuznetsk’s new attacker, Randy Robitaille, arrives in the city on the 7th of September.

Quote of the day
“I liked Rautakallio’s hockey philosophy. But the main reason for choosing him was that all the other candidates would only come to Riga if they could bring all their assistants with them, but Rautakallio made no such demand, and that suited us,” – Dinamo Riga General Manager Normunds Sejejs.

Alexei Shevchenko, special to

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