If there is one Russian who’s name you have heard more than Vladimir Putin, it’s probably Ilya Kovalchuk. Last few months he has been one of the if not most talked about Russian athletes. Following endless statements from him and his agent and his team that he was supposed to leave according to himself has (once again) made a decision.
Following the season closing ceremony in St.Petersburgh where team thanked fans with an on ice show Ilya Kovalchuk gathered quite a crowd around him in the media room. He wasn’t really vocal but he said what he had to, finally clearing up all the rumors.
CSKA and SKA, two teams that just finished one of the KHL conference finals have so much in common, one of them is the ongoing ‘’war’’. Both teams couldn’t keep the battle on the ice so they went to bite each other’s necks off in quite a passion.
What necks are we talking about here? Well, there is an ongoing war between both teams on which one can get the best rumors out about each other. Sadly it does involved money and Russian media. Some of the stories have been pretty down on the earth but the one that raised many eyebrows and made the ground move a little,was about none else than Russian predator Alexander Radulov, who apparently was heading to Toronto to play for Maple Leafs.
Kate Cimini, lead NWHL reporter for Today’s Slapshot, joins me on the latest One Puck Short Podcast to discuss the NWHL’s first season, it’s high and lows and it’s future.
We also discuss the Women’s World Championships, currently taking place in Kamloops, and the St. Louis Blues chances in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“That will never happen”.
Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney on rumours the club would trade number one D man Oliver Ekman-Larsson in order to net the first overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Simple. Done. Shot down. Over.
That it needed Maloney to come out and say it speaks volumes though – a wild rumour gaining some sort of traction via desperate fans in markets starved of success.
But this one seemed like something particularly special.
The One Puck Short Podcast goes back to its roots with an episode recorded on the road!
Team GB’s slimmed down squad comes under the microscope, with pre-World Championship games against Poland on the horizon, while the NHL playoff race is in full swing on the other side of the pond.
Rick Fox won three NBA Championships during in a 13-year professional career that included stops in Boston and Los Angeles.
Today Fox is the owner of the Echo Fox eSports franchise.
And he thinks eSports will catch up to the NHL within two years, presumably one day replacing it as America’s fourth biggest sport/sports league.
With the closure of it’s independent investigation in to sexual assault allegations made against Patrick Kane last summer, the NHL appears to be hoping a line will be drawn under the saga.
Events of the past few months have left an extremely bitter taste. The timing of the NHL press release has only soured things further, dividing fan opinions (as the allegations have from the start) and dug further inroads of suspicion around the player, the Blackhawks and the NHL.