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The KHL: Who were they trying to ban?

Zack Stortini (5of7/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0) When the possibility of a lockout was still uncertain, KHL was looked at as the haven players would go to if all goes to hell. NHL’s nemesis took its time before announcing special criteria for foreign players willing to cross the Atlantic for a lockout shelter. You would assume KHL…

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Mikhail Grigorenko: Why Is He Falling?

Once Nail Yakupov’s arch-rival for being considered the 2012 top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko now finds himself dropping out of top-10 in almost every mock draft he’s unfortunate enough to take a look at. While some complain about his work ethic, others bring up the rumor about his alleged age-forging issue.

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Q&A With Ivan Telegin

    Jets prospect Ivan Telegin had a strong finish to the regular season in the OHL with the Barrie Colts even though he had a hard time finding his game immediately after the World Juniors. Nations reporter Andrey Osadchenko recently spoke to Telegin trying to find out what this was the case. Turns out,…

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Sergei Bautin: Hockey Voyager

    Former Jets defenseman Sergei Bautin is a subject of profound respect among Dynamo Moscow fans. No wonder – he was a part of arguably the best teams Russian hockey has ever put together. In the early 1990s Dynamo Moscow was a pretty much a dream team. Bautin joined the blue-and-white, played with them…

WJC Team Russin Preview – Will + Skill

(The Nations will also be bringing you some WJC coverage now and then this holiday season. Andrey Osadchenko starts us off with an in-depth look at Team Russia) What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of Team Russia? It’s their skilled and crazy fast offense, isn’t it? How often would…

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Cold War Echo

  (pic courtesy Dirty Dangle)   (Moscow native Andrey Osadchenko wanted to weigh in on the recent "Ovechkin on Steriods" controversy) If you read John Steigerwald’s column about Ovechkin’s alleged steroid use and you listened to him argue with Ryan Lambert on the radio show about it and your initial reaction wasn’t ‘Wow!’ you are…