Highlights from recent KHL action featuring locked-out NHL stars, while Sportsnet announces its coverage of AHL games this season.
KHL.RU: Pavel Datsyuk scored his first two KHL goals, leading CSKA Moscow to a 2-1 overtime victory over Spartak…Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice as Chelyabinsk thumped Metallurg Novokuznetsk 6-0…Nikolai Kulemin scored the winner as Metallurg Magnitogorsk edge Sibir 2-1…Pekka Rinne of Dinano Minsk suffered a 3-0 loss to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
RIANOVOSTI: Mikhail Grabovski is ready to write off the NHL season, saying it wouldn’t bother him to play this season with CSKA Moscow. “I have no idea when the lockout end,” the 28 year old admitted. “It’s not that I’m not interested, but it doesn’t matter, to be honest,” Grabovski said. “If I’m told to return, I will because I have a contract with Toronto. But I won’t be upset if I spend the whole season at CSKA.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ilya Kovalchuk recently expressed a similar opinion. For Russian players, having the opportunity to play in their home country this season has so far been an enjoyable experience. Can’t say I blame them.
THE AHL: Sportsnet will begin televising AHL games on October 13, as the Toronto Marlies square off against the Rochester Americans in the league’s season opener.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As noted in the article, this is the second year of a five-year deal between Sportsnet and the AHL. Thanks to the NHL lockout, the network should see a spike in its ratings for AHL games this season.