The annual Karjala Cup, a leg of the yearly Euro Tour of the best club players from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden, is slated to begin on Thursday as he European leagues are all winding down toward the Karjala Cup break. Two Lightning properties are currently slated to play in the tournament: Russian winger Anton But and Swedish defenseman Andreas Holmqvist.
The break is also a period of significant transfer activity and with several Lightning prospects in contractual limbo, the break may offer some interesting outcomes for players like Evgeny Artyukhin, Denis Kazionov, and Vasily Koshechkin. We shall see.
Not sure if the BP guys had seen this yet, but Denis Kazionov is no longer on any team in Russia and apparently tried out for HC Avangard. I know the last few reports have him as not playing, and very true as he isnt with the team! It's under 10/25/07 notes at www.russianprospects.com
Also I'm trying to find out from my Russian friends, but Artyukhin might be hurt which is why he isnt playing but that cant be found anywhere so its just a rumor for now.
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Omsk's 4-2 win over Yarolslavl.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 loss to Novosibirsk.
Alexei Glukhov had a goal and 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 3-0 shutout victory against Yaroslavl.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 4-1 loss to Khimik.
Denis Kazionov did not play as Novokuznetsk fell to Novosibirsk 4-2.
Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 2-1 loss to Yaroslavl.
Rumors in Russian newspapers continue to live up to their reputation as good bird cage liner. Vasily Koshechkin returned to the lineup for Kazan Sunday and improved his season record to 3-8-1 helping Ak Bars defeat Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Dimitri Kazionov had a goal in the match for Kazan as well.
Anton But had 2 penalty minutes in St. Petersburg's 3-2 shootout win over Khimik.