Yashin named GM of Russian women’s national team


While he hasn’t officially announced his retirement from playing, Alexei Yashin seems to be moving on with a new chapter in his hockey career.

That was the word out of Russia on Friday as Yashin was hired as GM of the Russian women’s national team.

“I think for the ladies it’s a great gift for the new year,” Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak told “Alexei is a fine man who did a lot for our country. The solution will benefit both our coaching staff and give new challenges to the General Manager.”

The Russian women are currently ranked sixth in the world by the IIHF, behind Canada, the United States, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden.

Yashin, the second overall pick at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, scored 781 points in 850 NHL games before jumping to Russia in 2007. He’s spent the last five years playing for Lokomotiv, SKA St. Petersburg and, most recently, CSKA Moscow.

Off the ice, Yashin has maintained a long-term relationship with former supermodel Carol Alt, who used to be married to ex-New York Rangers captain Ron Greschner. (From the PHT Page Six files)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.