The Max Line
Czech flow: Vujtek jr., Hudler to Russia
December 19 -- Two high profile forwards from Czech Republic may join Russian Superleague clubs in Cherepovets and Kazan quite soon.
Vladimir Vujtek junior, a son of Yaroslavl's head coach, is said to be in talks with Severstal, club that should challenge for the Championship this spring. 30 year old Vujtek spent last season in SM-liiga's HPK leading them in scoring with 58 points in 45 games. This fall he had another attempt at the NHL level with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but failed for the fourth time registering one helper in five games before packing for return to Europe. Skilled, creative and versatile winger has been always thought of as better suited for Europe and once signed may become a key part in Cherepovets' quest for the Cup. Also Severstal is reported to be close to acquiring Moscow Dynamo's sniper Alexander Golts.
Another contender club Kazan's Ak Bars may stun European hockey community if able to convince 18-year old Detroit Red Wing's prospect Jiri Hudler to spent the rest of the season in Russia. Hudler is allready a member of Czech National team and is among the scoring leaders in the Extraligue. In 25 games with Vsetin he has 16 goals and 39 points.
THEY SAID IT
Chicago Blackhawks' prospect Pavel Vorobiev on how he got to be a hockey player:
"At the age of 7 I was allready two years into acrobatics section in our school in Karaganda (city in northern Kazakhstan). However almost all of my friends were in the hockey class. Listening them talk about it with a flow of excitement made me want to see (hockey) myself. My parents were absolutely against it. Before I went to see a practice session my mother even told me - You can go and take a look but don't sign up with them - But once I closed the doors of our apartment I forgot about everything she told me."
SELECTIONS FOR THE OLD-STARS GAME
Professional Hockey League announced the rosters of teams East and West for the third annual All-Stars Game that will be held in Omsk next Monday. Event committee have been facing a flow of criticism for totally ignoring the fan voting part that was held the web. Majority of selections were questionable as players seemed to be chosen based on their career achievements, rather than season accomplishments. Frankly the Old-Stars contest is the first thing that comes to mind looking at the bunch that is scheduled to have some fun at the Blinov Sportpelx next week. Nevertheless:
Goalies: Yegor Podomatsky (Lokomotiv), Vitaly Eremeev (Dynamo).
Defenders: Dmitry Krasotkin, Alexander Guskov (both Lokomotiv), Alexander Zhdan, Sergei Vyshedkevich (both Dynamo), Vasily Turkovsky (Severstal), Vitaly Proshkin (Ak Bars).
Forwards: Vladimir Antipov, Sergei Nemchinov, Andrei Kovalenko, Vyacheslav Butsayev, Jan Peterek (all Lokomotiv), Alexei Chupin, Sergei Zinoviev (both Ak Bars), Andrei Razin (Dynamo)
Coaches: Vladimir Vujtek sr., Zinetula Belyaletdinov, Sergei Mikhalev.
Goalies: Maxim Sokolov (Avangard), Konstantin Simchuk (Salavat Yulaev).
Defenders: Yuri Panov, Jiri Slegr, Dmitry Ryabykin (all Avangard), Vladimir Antipin (Metallurg Nk), Roman Kukhtinov (Salavat Yulaev), Dmitry Filimonov (Molot).
Forwards: Pavel Patera, Dmitry Zatonsky, Alexander Prokopiev, Tomas Vlasak, Maxim Sushinsky (all Avangard), Alexander Selivanov (Metallurg Mg), Sergei Moskalev (Metallurg Nk), Konstantin Gorovikov (Salavat Yulaev), Sergei Gomolyako (Mechel).
Coaches: Ivan Hlinka, Sergei Nikolaev, Nikolai Soloviev.
A BUNCH ON TRY-OUTS AT SETUN
Several players released by their respective RSL clubs are on a try-out with struggling Moscow's Krylia Sovetov. The group includes former Canuck and Devil Vadim Sharifjanov (2 goals and 4 points in 22 games with Spartak Moscow this season), Minnesota Wild prospect Askhat Rakhmatullin (11-1-1-2 with Sibir Novosibirsk), veteran forwards Igor Nikulin (this year had spells with SKA and Molot allready) and Dmitry Denisov (Molot), as well as former Russian Juniors international rearguard Vladislav Korneev (Spartak). The Wings' reported that NHL prospects Yuri Artemenkov (CAL) and Alexander Kozhevnikov (CHI) will spend the rest of the season on loan with unknown High League clubs... Disgruntled forward Alexander Volchkov was released by the team...
Russia could have had a unit of former NHLers at the Baltica Brewery Cup, however Sergei Krivokrasov, Andrei Kovalenko and Alexander Korolyuk bolted the invitation to join National side. Korolyuk flew to San Jose to spend some time alongside his wife, who's about to give birth, while Kovalenko and Krivokrasov said to be in need of rest.
Moscow Dynamo announced that Oilers draftee Alexei Mikhnov will remain on loan with Sibir Novosibirsk throughout the rest of the season. Meantime Amur Khabarovsk may return netminder Alexander Fomitchev from loan to Sibir.
LOKOMOTIV YAROSLAVL returned from loans D Ilya Gorokhov (NYR) from LADA TOGLIATTI and RW Alexander Suglobov (NJ) from NEFTEKHIMIK NIZHNEKAMSK.
AVANGARD OMSK returned from loans D Andrei Evstafiev from SIBIR NOVOSIBIRSK and F Sergei Kozhevnikov from METALLURG NOVOKUZNETSK.
SALAVAT YULAEV UFA acquired F Denis Metlyuk from LADA.
RW Dmitry Semenov (DET) failed to crack METALLURG Novokuznetsk roster. Semenov's previous club SPARTAK MOSCOW expressed no interest for his rights and 20 year old winger will be back with DYNAMO MOSCOW which still holds his rights. Prior to season's start Semenov was on loaned to Spartak by Dynamo, than loaned by Spartak to Metallurg.
NEFTEKHIMIK aquired the rights for F Maxim Kraev from High League's Dinamo-Energia.-- Max Dostoevsky