CSKA season review: long road to the cup for game seven specialists
KHL.ru wraps up its club-by-club review of the 2022-2023 season at Gagarin Cup winner CSKA. The Muscovites defended their title, enduring a difficult path to the final with an uneven regular season followed by three seven-game series in the playoffs.
Ak Bars season review: Bilyaletdinov’s return and fifth trip to the finals
KHL.ru continues reviewing the 2022-2023 season for the different league’s teams with a trip to Kazan. Ak Bars entered the regular season with a constellation of stars and a new head coach. They had their ups and downs throughout the season but ultimately won the Eastern Conference and advanced to their fifth Gagarin Cup Final.
Avangard season review: returning back home
KHL.ru continues reviewing the 2022-2023 season for the different league’s teams with a visit to Omsk. Due to a slightly delayed return home, Avangard started the season with twelve away games, six of which were lost. The timely resignation of the head coach, followed by the general manager, led to reaching the Eastern Conference Finals and ultimately finishing in fourth place in the championship, which can be considered a success given the initially challenging situation. However, the personnel changes did not end there.
Sibir season review: records for Beck, Sharov, and Murphy
KHL.ru continues reviewing the 2022-2023 season for the league’s team analyzing Sibir’s campaign. The Novosibirs side had a good regular season, at one point even leading the Eastern Conference, but then losing some momentum near the end. However, in the elimination stage, just like one year ago, Sibir only collected one OT win.
Metallurg season review: the end of the Vorobyov era and a rebuild under Razin
KHL.ru continues its rundown of the 2022-2023 season with a look at Metallurg. Magnitka didn’t last the distance in the longest ever KHL regular season and, after Christmas, dropped from one of the leaders down to mid-table. Nonetheless, the Steelmen battled through the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Avangard in the second.
Dinamo Minsk season review: Woodcroft’s records and an unusual pair of goalies
KHL.ru continues its review of the 2022-2023 season with a look at Dinamo Minsk’s campaign: the Belarusians met SKA for the third consecutive time in the playoffs and lost again. However, the series was much more hard-fought that in the previous seasons.
Dynamo season review: following a new direction
KHL.ru continues its review of last season. For Dynamo Moscow, it was a turbulent summer. After slashing the budget and replacing more than half the team, the Blue-and-Whites were not expected to be among the favorites. However, the regular season went better than anyone expected. That sparked hopes of a playoff run, and a first-round exit that would have been predictable six months earlier suddenly felt like a disappointment.
HC Sochi season review: three coaches, a record-low, and Matvei Michkov
KHL.ru starts its review of the 2022-2023 season with a look at HC Sochi’s campaign. The team the brakes on the process of leveling the playing field among the league’s teams, experiencing a streak of 21 consecutive losses. Nevertheless, it is evident that they only slowed down rather than completely dropped out. They performed well in the closing stages of last year’s campaign and are actively working to strengthen their roster during the offseason.
Kunlun Red Star season review: Brandon Yip’s records, and big wins against top clubs
KHL.ru continues its review of the 2022/23 season with a look at Kunlun Red Star’s campaign. Under head coach Greg Ireland the Chinese club made a step forward. The Dragons didn’t make the playoffs, but enjoyed some memorable games and their captain set new records.
CSKA season preview: going for another one
The champion team lost its starting goalkeeper, captain, and one of the league’s toughest veterans over the summer, but overall, CSKA is no weaker. On the contrary, the Muscovites are ready to go for the new Cup and they have already showed that thumping Magnitka 6:2 in the Opening Cup game. KHL.ru finish its season preview with the reigning Gagarin Cup champions.
Traktor season preview: two top scorers, but question marks on goal
In just three years, the Chelyabinsk franchise went from not making the playoffs to the conference finals and bronze medals. Six leading hockey players left the team this summer, which will seriously hamper further progression. KHL.ru continues previewing the upcoming campaign with a visit to the Southern Urals.
Salavat season preview: a legend behind the bench
Salavat Yulaev will be led into battle by a new head coach, who has already won the Gagarin Cup with the Ufa franchise as a player. KHL.ru checks whether the Ufa side will manage to blend its new players and the young forces that showed themselves in last year’s Gagarin Cup playoffs.
Avangard season preview: returning home without Hartley
Avangard returns to Omsk after a four-year hiatus, but without Bob Hartley — the Canadian bench boss with whom the club’s major successes in the KHL are associated, has left the team. KHL.ru checks how Avangard is preparing its long-waited return to Omsk
Dynamo season preview: new development strategy
In recent seasons, Dynamo has been up among the leading contenders but has failed to get beyond the second round of the playoffs. Given the expectations around the club, that wasn’t good enough. KHL.ru looks at how the management is looking for a fundamental change in direction this season, jettisoning the team’s best-paid players.
Ak Bars season preview: Znarok’s Kazan All-Stars
Ak Bars was the big newsmaker throughout the summer. Oleg Znarok took over as head coach in Kazan, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov returned to the club and the management assembled a veritable dream team of proven talent. KHL.ru checks out Tatarstan’s new look.
Lokomotiv season preview: improving last year’s postseason performance
Last year’s performance wasn’t the best one for Lokomotiv, especially in the face of heightened expectations. Nevertheless, the Yaroslavl team didn’t go through a major rebuild, kept almost all of its leaders, and strengthened their position. KHL.ru continues its preview of the coming season with a look at how the Yaroslavl franchise can fare in the current campaign.
Sibir season preview: moving forward
Sibir had an inconsistent showing last term: a poor start was replaced by a strong, but not very entertaining game in the middle of the regular season; and in the playoffs there was a stubborn but short-lived resistance to Salavat Yulaev. Now it seems that the side is shifting to a more attacking model. KHL.ru continues its preview of the coming campaign in Novosibirsk.
Kunlun Red Star season preview: Sleeping Dragon
It was all change at Kunlun Red Star this summer, with a new head coach, fresh imports arriving from North America and a move to the Western Conference. KHL.ru continues its preview of the coming season with a look at how our Chinese franchise is hoping to force its way back into the playoff picture.
Barys season preview: serious departures and Skabelka’s return
The Kazakh franchise has undergone some big changes: only Nikita Mikhailis remains from last year’s top unit, and the defense is much different. But the head coach, who had already built a very strong team in Barys a few seasons ago, returned to the Kazakh capital. KHL.ru continues its report on the summer activity around the league with a look at Barys Nur-Sultan.
Torpedo season preview: learning from the Professor
At the very beginning of the offseason, Torpedo impressed the fans with the appointment of Igor Larionov as head coach. Now the famous Professor will try to get the team back to the playoffs. KHL.ru continues its report on the summer activity around the league with a look at Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.