Russia will boast a whole bunch of star NHLers at the home stage of the Euro Hockey Tour to be held next week in Moscow. On Thursday, the team’s head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov announced his preliminary choice for the tournament.
Ilya Kovalchuk was fastest to adapt among the hockey greats flocking to Russia due to the NHL lockout. The SKA newcomer has scored eight points in five games as RT sums up the top KHL action from the last 10 days.
New NHL arrivals are already making their presence felt in the KHL. The match between title-holders Dynamo and SKA St Petersburg took center stage on Sunday, pitched as a battle between superstars Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk.
It's a week since NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced a lockout and some of the league's biggest stars have already arrived in the KHL, with all eyes on Mettalurg's Evgeny Malkin and Dynamo Moscow's Alex Ovechkin.
New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk is set to sign a lockout contract with SKA St. Petersburg, the club’s official website reports, while a fellow Russian star is in contact with Dynamo Moscow, the reigning Gagarin Cup holders.