Tag: Barys Astana

Victor Hedman, Mathieu Garon, Eric Brewer, Mathieu Garon, Alexander Ovechkin

Hedman enjoying time in KHL, hates eating horse meat


Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is actually enjoying his time in the KHL with Barys Astana in Kazakhstan.

Hedman tells Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times his time away in the Russian pro league has been great and should help him when the NHL comes back.

“A great experience,” Hedman said by phone. “I’ve been playing a lot and developing my game. I’m very happy I chose to come here, and I’m very eager to get back to Tampa and prove I’ve gotten better as a player.”

That’s great news for the Lightning as they’re banking heavily on Hedman eventually being their No. 1 defenseman. In 21 games he has no goals but 18 assists. That’s getting the job done.

That said, it’s not all glitz and glamour in Kazakhstan. The one glaring exception to his great time abroad? The local menu where horse is a delicacy.

“It’s disgusting,” Hedman said. “It was chewy. It’s tough to explain what it tastes like.”

Wild guess on what it tastes like? Dog food. Yikes. Who says playing in a foreign country isn’t glamorous?

Florida’s Kulikov headed to KHL during lockout

Zach Parise, Dmitry Kulikov

The KHL is claiming a pair of up and coming young blue liners thanks to the lockout.

While Victor Hedman signed on with Barys Astana earlier in the day, the Panthers will lose one of their own.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, currently an unsigned RFA, will play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl during the work stoppage.

The 2009 first-round pick was unable to get a deal done with Florida ahead of the lockout and will likely take a bit of a hit when he signs after the lockout ends.