The Kontinental Hockey League wants to expand to China according to a report by The Associated Press.
The KHL is hoping to use a successful Chinese Winter Olympic bid as a catalyst for expansion.
Beijing is expected land the 2022 Olympics and if successful, “will essentially be forced to develop hockey from nothing,” said KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko per the Tass agency.
Chernyshenko says the league would like to host a regular season game in China next season with adding a Chinese club being a long-term goal for the KHL.
(Related) Report: Burmistrov headed back to the NHL
Alexander Burmistrov is headed back to the NHL according to a report out of Russia.
The 23-year-old, who has spent the past two seasons with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, last played in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season.
He hinted at a return to the NHL last summer following his first season in the KHL.
Burmistrov’s KHL teammate Evgeni Medvedev, who signed with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, is the one who broke the news to Russian reporters.
The center bolted for the KHL citing issues with then Jets’ coach Claude Noel.
Winnipeg still owns the rights to Burmistrov, who left the team as a restricted free agent after parts of three seasons.
He had 20 goals and 43 assists in 107 KHL games.
Burmistrov appeared in 194 NHL games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise scoring 23 goals and 58 points before heading overseas.
Pending unrestricted free agent Peter Regin has signed a one-year deal with Jokerit in the KHL.
Regin was on a one-year $650,000 contract with the Chicago Blackhawks this season.
The 29-year-old appeared in four games with the ‘Hawks registering an assist.
Regin also played in 69 regular season games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League scoring 10 goals and 31 assists. He added three points in five Calder Cup playoff games.
Originally a third-round selection (87th overall in 2004) of the Senators, Regin appeared in 243 regular season NHL games with Ottawa, the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks registering 23 goals and 67 points.
Jokerit’s roster features a number of former NHLers including Linus Omark, Niko Kapanen, Niklas Hagman Jere Karalahti and Ossi Vaananen.
Steve Moses, the club’s leading goal-scorer this season, recently signed a one-year deal with the Nashville Predators.
According to a report out of Russia, Boston Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg has signed a one-year deal in the KHL with Salavat.
Svedberg is a restricted free agent.
In 18 games this season the 25-year-old had a 7-5-1 record to go along with a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .918 save percentage.
Former Calgary Flames prospect Leland Irving was one of three goaltenders to play for Salavat this season.
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With three NHL teams already looking for a new head coach and more openings likely coming, Randy Carlyle is hoping to get back behind the bench soon. Caryle was fired by the Leafs in January after leading Toronto to a 21-16-3 record. (The Winnipeg Free Press)
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The Chicago Blackhawks unveiled a new on-ice video prior to Game 3 celebrating the club’s current roster and storied history.
Ryan Kennedy believes Vladimir Tarasenko could be the missing piece in the Blues Stanley Cup puzzle. (The Hockey News)
Most NHL clubs give out some sort of team “player of the game” award following each win. After the Ducks Game 1 victory on Thursday night, captain Ryan Getzlaf did something a little different.
Ilya Kovalchuk and SKA captured the Gagarin Cup over the weekend. (KHL)