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Alexander Radulov

KHL President: Nashville punished Radulov for not signing a long-term deal


If you thought there was something more to Nashville suspending Alexander Radulov for partying and carousing before Game 2, then you’ll want to see what KHL President Alexander Medvedev had to say.

According to Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov, Medvedev believes Radulov’s one-game suspension is a form of revenge from the Predators.

Yes, seriously.

“The story with Radulov breaking team rules is Nashville’s payback to him for not signing in Nashville long term.”

Sound like a wacky conspiracy theory in the making? You better believe it. Of course if Radulov winds up going back to the KHL next season, this idea will only get more traction and become some sort of folklore in both Nashville and Russia.

Is it sour grapes from the head of the Russian pro league? More than likely. Seeing your top star bolt for your “rival” league at the end of the season is rough. Seeing him embarrass himself on a global scale by not being responsible enough to make it back for curfew is tough to swallow.

Hanging blame on the franchise because he didn’t get a long-term contract though is tough — but ultimately pretty empty talk.

Lokomotiv will not play in KHL this season

Russia Plane Crash

As the city of Yaroslavl honors those lost in Wednesday’s plane crash, word out of Russia is that Lokomotiv’s season will be placed on hold. Pavel Lysenkov from Sovietsky Sport is reporting that Lokomotiv club president Yuri Yakovlev has said the team will not play in the KHL this season. The announcement comes while 7,500 friends and fans gather outside of Arena 2000 to pay their last respects to the players and staff members who lost their lives on their way to Minsk, Belarus.

Obviously, any decision after the crash regarding the immediate future of the team had to be handled with care. With all of the logistical problems in building a team from scratch at the beginning of the season, Yakovlev decided it would be best if the team’s return wasn’t rushed. There is no blueprint for a catastrophe of this nature. There is no acceptable norm. In a time with bleeding hearts and gut-wrenching grief, it’s easy to understand that the city and the organization would take their time as they contemplate their future.

It had been reported that KHL President Alexander Medvedev supported the idea of existing KHL teams aiding Yaroslavl to restock their team this season. League vice-president Ilya Kochervrin explained that hockey had the potential to help the city and fans recover from the devastating pain associated with the crash.

Still, with the support of the league and opposing teams, it was too daunting to put together in such a quick fashion. Kochevrin explained that it would be Lokomotiv’s management that had the final say regarding this season.

“”The final decision is going to be (from) the team management. It’s not going to be the league or administration or anybody else. It has to be team management because they’re the ones who will be responsible for building up the team.”

Even though Lokomotiv will not participate this season on the ice, they will still be remembered around the league. Representatives from each and every KHL were in attendance during Saturday’s memorial at Arena 2000. In addition to the representatives, Atlant, AK Bars, Moscow Dynamo, CSKA, Spartak, Severstal, and Torpedo all sent their entire teams to pay their respects. KHL club AK Bars has already pledged to donate all of the proceeds from ticket sales of their first game against Dinamo Riga on Tuesday, September 13. Aeroflot has even offered better planes for KHL teams to use throughout the season.

They will be remembered.

All we can hope is that time helps heal the emotional scars left after this catastrophe. People will never forget – nor should they – but the decision to cancel the season is understandable as the fans and organization try to pick up the pieces. When they finally do come back next season, something tells me they’ll have a few more fans pulling for the team (and city) to succeed.

KHL postpones games until September 12, will ask other clubs to help rebuild Lokomotiv

A woman mourns in front of the Arena-200

The Kontinental Hockey League faced an unenviable question upon learning about the horrific news of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash: how would they try to move on? Many rightfully wonder about the fate of a team that was decimated by a terrible tragedy.

KHL games have been postponed until Monday, September 12, according to the league’s Web site. The league will also rebuild the Lokomotiv team by asking its 23 other clubs to make as many as three of their players available in what sounds similar to an expansion draft. The report indicates that the franchise will have about 40-45 players to choose from.

Reports indicate that Lokomotiv will also call up some players from its junior team to its top club. NHL.com passes along word that Pyotr Vorobyov will be their new head coach. Vorobyov served as the junior team’s coach but also helped the team win a Russian Superleague championship in 1997, according to NHL.com.

KHL president Alexander Medvedev spoke about rebuilding Lokomotiv.

“The 18 KHL clubs whose representatives I have managed to speak with have supported this proposal,” Medvedev said in remarks to Atlant Mytischi hockey club’s press service, according to an Associated Press report.

The KHL has 24 clubs spread throughout Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia.

NHL.com reports that a memorial service will be held for the crash’s victims at Yaroslavl arena on Saturday. Fans gathered at that location for a candle light vigil on Wednesday.

There is no easy way to handle a situation like this, especially since it comes at a time in which the KHL is in a difficult position to consider other options. There might be a team called Lokomotiv playing next season, but there’s no way to truly replace those lost in that horrific accident. The best thing the league and team can do is take time to mourn those awful losses and then try to move on as well as they can.