The KHL returns with the Opening Cup match in Moscow!
As tradition dictates, last year’s Gagarin Cup finalists clash to kick off the new season. Both sides have high expectations for the upcoming campaign, with CSKA losing his starting goalie and Metallurg signing one of the top imports available on the market – Eddie Pasquale. However, in the pre-season, the teams had different paths: Metallurg lost its home tournament to regional rivals Traktor Chelyabinsk, while CSKA triumphed at the Mayor of Moscow Cup defeating Kunlun Red Star in the final.
It all starts this week ... — the KHL week in review
KHL season #15 starts on Thursday, so last week was all about the final preparations. The last tournaments of the summer brought trophies for CSKA, Traktor, SKA and Neftekhimik, while new signings included a Slovak international goalie and a returning Canadian enforcer.
Two Stanley Cup winners join the KHL — the KHL week in review
Saving the best to last, two teams announced high profile new imports with experience at the very pinnacle of the game. Elsewhere, a long-serving franchise legend signed a banger of a new deal, Barys triumphed on home ice and we saw the first women’s action of the summer.
Huge signings for Ak Bars, KHL releases schedule — the KHL week in review
Kazan was the center of attention last week as the Oleg Znarok revolution sees two legends join Ak Bars. Elsewhere, Moscow’s clubs get ready to welcome more imports, Avangard returns to Omsk and the schedule for 2022-2023 is ready.
Multiple champion returns to KHL — the KHL week in review
Last week we confirmed Oleg Znarok’s return after a short break, this week we’re talking about a top D-man who is joining him in a quest for a fourth Gagarin Cup. Elsewhere, there’s new ice in Siberia and Russian players continue to make an impact at the NHL draft.
2021-2022 review: CSKA. Second Gagarin Cup and Fedorov’s debut
KHL.ru concludes reviewing the 2021-2022 season for the league’s 24 teams. Today is the champions’ turn: in the summer, CSKA changed head coach, and Sergei Fedorov led the Muscovites to their second Gagarin Cup triumph in his debut season.
Metallurg 2021-2022: a great season falls narrowly short
KHL.ru continues its review of 2021-2022. At the end of the regular season, Metallurg was the most watchable team in the league. The Steelmen scored more goals and collected more points than any other. In playoff action, Magnitka produced a record-breaking high-scoring series against Avangard, in the course of which it bounced back from two heavy losses to advance all the way to the Gagarin Cup final. But there was no trophy at the end of it — despite leading CSKA 3-1 in that series, Metallurg failed to finish the job.