In recent days, it seems that our players are the most gossiped about in the re-offer period before the playoffs. Let’s go through the deals in chronological order.
Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko joins the Rangers along with the NHL’s highest-paid Russian Artemy Panarin and last season’s best goaltender Igor Shesterkin.
Chicago selects defenseman Nikita Zaitsev from Ottawa. The first Russian in many years appears on the Blackhawks. True, so far it has not been officially announced in the American club.
23 of February
“Boston”, in which there were no Russians for a long time, takes defender Dmitry Orlov, winner of the Stanley Cup in 2018, out of Washington and negotiates for the rights to CSKA center forward Andrei Svetlakov from “Minnesota”.
To Andrei Kuzmenko, Ilya Mikheev and Vasily Podkolzin, Vancouver adds a fourth Russian forward, Vitaly Kravtsov. The ninth pick in the 2018 draft never made it to the Rangers.
26 of February
The first exclusively Russian exchange of the season. Montreal forward Yevgeny Dadonov will go to Dallas, and his colleague Denis Guryanov will follow in the opposite direction. The Canadiens assumed half of Dadonov’s $5 million salary. In both teams they are the only representatives of our country.
St. Louis continues to run out. After Tarasenko and team captain O’Reilly, another 2019 Stanley Cup winner, center Ivan Barbashev, was sent to Las Vegas. He will be the third Russian in the Golden Knights. But the defender Daniil Miromanov – 6 (2+4) points in 16 matches and the forward Pavel Dorofeev – 3 games without points fall into the base from time to time. Barbashev may well lead the first or second link. Moreover, none of the “gentlemen” scored more than 50 points.
To forwards Alexander Barabanov and Evgeny Svechnikov, defender Nikolai Knyzhov in San Jose, in exchange for Swiss forward Timo Mayer, New Jersey handed over defensemen Nikita Okhotyuk and Shakir Mukhamadullin, who currently plays on loan at Salavat Yulaev.
What is there for today? With the arrival of the Russians in Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas of the 32 NHL franchises, only six clubs remain without representatives of our country: New Jersey (under the command of the Belarusian Sharangovich), Detroit (oddly enough), “Los Angeles , Winnipeg, Seattle, Arizona (Goalie Ivan Prosvetov caught at the farm club).
What pleases: there are many more teams at the same time, where everything revolves around ours: Tampa, Minnesota, Washington, Rangers, Pittsburgh, Islanders, Vancouver. Or the Russians in the main roles: “Carolina” (Svechnikov Jr.), “Florida” (Bobrovsky), “Toronto” (Samsonov), “Colorado” (Nichushkin and Georgiev), “St. Louis” (Buchnevich and Toropchenko) , ” San Jose” (Drums and Svechnikov Sr.), “Boston” (Orlov), “Vegas” (Barbashev), “Columbus” (Marchenko and Gavrikov), “Buffalo” (Lyubushkin), “Ottawa” (Tooth), “Philadelphia” (Provorov).
In total, there are already more or less nineteen Russian teams in the NHL! There’s someone to root for on any game day. This is for you, friends, not for Russian football with small imports. And it’s true: if in sunny Brazil, where there are many, many monkeys, there is no hockey, then where will game number 1 come from in snowy Mother Russia with a seven-month winter and polar bears?