Hockey News – NHL to Scrimmage Against the KHL

The NHL is Moving Closer to an Agreement with the KHL to Play Two Exhibition Games Next Season

Each week I like to pick out some random hockey story that I think is interesting enough to share with the rest of the hockey chump community.

I came across this story by Darren Dreger on TSN and, after doing some research, found some additional reports in forums and blogs (the most credible of sources) that confirmed these details. So, going on a hunch, this sounds like something that might actually be in the works.

Apparently the NHL and KHL have been talking about setting up some exhibition games between the two leagues since the Olympics. The two NHL teams that will be playing – and are only tentatively scheduled right now – are the Carolina Hurricanes and Phoenix Coyotes because really, you can’t deny the fact that quiet, reserved folk like Cam Ward and Petr Prucha have emerged from their shells to become legitimate spokespersons for the league and will represent the NHL extremely well in this international spotlighted event.

Sheesh. What happened – New York, Detroit, Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Montreal, etc. etc. etc. all weren’t available?

Anyway, as per Dreger’s report, it looks like the ‘Canes will play St. Petersburg (SKA) and the ‘Yotes will face Riga. Who knows who’ll defect to the KHL and join these two teams before the actual games are played (or leave the teams for that matter), but some notable names on the teams right now include:

SKA:
Darius Kasparaitis
Alexei Yashin
Sergei Zubov
Sergei Brylin

Riga:
Tyler Arnason
Marcel Hossa
Martin Kariya (yeah, I’m stretching here)

Other teams will be going over to scrimmage in Europe, as has been fashionable over recent seasons; among them, the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets. To be honest, in this hockey chump’s humble opinion, I think Boston and San Jose would’ve been better picks for these marquee games.

But, regardless of my opinion, if this actually goes down, it’ll be pretty cool. There’s been enough tension between the leagues the past few seasons and truthfully, there’s no better way to settle a score than a game of hockey. I like the idea of showcasing talent from different parts of the world and if it gains the sport any sort of attention in the media, than it’s definitely worth it in my books.

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