Latest on Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jason Spezza, Nail Yakupov, Ilya Brygalov and Jakub Voracek, and Dominik Hasek finally retires.
KHL.RU: Ilya Kovalchuk potted a hat trick leading SKA St. Peterburg to a 4-2 comeback win over CSKA Moscow. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist for CSKA in a losing cause…Evgeni Malkin scored a highlight reel goal and teammate Sergei Gonchar netted a goal and an assist as Mettalurg Magnitogorsk blanked Amur Khabarovsk. The KHL also announced its schedule of games being televised on ESPN 2 and ESPN 3.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Edmonton Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov was named the KHL’s rookie of the week.
YOUTUBE: Jason Spezza recently scored his first two goals for Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss League.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek suffered a knee sprian during KHL play on Saturday, and could be sidelined four weeks.
TSN.CA: Ilya Bryzgalov recently suggested some Russian players might not return to the NHL when the lockout ends.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those under existing NHL contracts will have no choice but to return. Those who are free agents could consider staying in the KHL, especially if they’re offered more money. Those who could stay in the KHL are promising young players eligible for NHL entry level deals, especially if the NHL gets its way and extends the term for entry level deals from three to five years.
HOKEJ.CZ: Dominik Hasek has finally retired.