Russian goalkeepers are the strongest duo in the NHL. But they did not even bring their club to the playoffs!

Denis Lutchenko

Denis Lutchenko

Sorokin and Varlamov appreciated by American fans

Sorokin and Varlamov were appreciated by American fans, the coaching staff was finally assembled in Kunlun, the champion retained an important striker.

In hockey, the off-season continues on all fronts, but fans do not remain without interesting news even during this period. We present a digest of the main ones for July 20.

Islanders goaltender Sorokin-Varlamov named the strongest in the NHL

The goaltending duo of the New York Islanders, consisting of two Russian goalkeepers, 34-year-old Semyon Varlamov and 26-year-old Ilya Sorokin, was named the strongest in the NHL according to the vote of fans. The study was published on Jfresh on Twitter.

The save of the Russian was recognized as the salvation of the year in the NHL.  It is inconceivable how Sorokin pulled this puck
The save of the Russian was recognized as the salvation of the year in the NHL. It is inconceivable how Sorokin pulled this puck

Initially, the voting was carried out to identify the best goalkeeper in the league, each of the portal visitors could rate each of the goalkeepers from 1 to 5. So, the best was the Russian goalkeeper “Tampa Bay Lightning” Andrey Vasilevsky (4.9), followed by his compatriot from the New York Rangers Igor Shesterkin (4.9) and Juuse Saros from the Nashville Predators (4.9). ,5).

To identify the best goalkeeper duet, the overall average rating of the two goalkeepers of the team was used. Based on this, the goalkeeper tandem from the New York Islanders – Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov, whose average rating was 3.3, became the leader.

Defender of “Siberia” Murphy left the location of the club for family reasons

Hockey club “Siberia” in the official telegram channel announced that the Canadian defender of the team Trevor Murphy was forced to miss part of the training camp. Now the team is preparing for the season in Minsk.

“Murphy will have to partially miss the preparation for the season due to the serious illness of his father. The defender of “Siberia” was forced to urgently fly to Canada. We hope for the best! Trevor, hold on, we’re with you! the club said in a statement.

Became known the reasons why Godreau and Tkachuk could want to leave Calgary

The reason for the desire to leave the Calgary Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk could be the strict restrictions in force in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to

“Gaudreau and his wife have spent the last two years in COVID-19 Canada. Endless lockdowns, restrictions, vaccinated certificates, curfews, empty arenas. How quickly can we forget it? Health officials are afraid to talk about what will happen this fall,” former hockey player, now TV pundit Mike Commodore, tweeted.

According to the author of the material, the number of people wishing to move to American clubs will grow, because players playing in Canada are tired of strict restrictions. Including it is reported that forward JT Miller from Vancouver also wants to continue his career in the United States for these reasons.

A very strange choice for Godreau and goalkeepers for Ovechkin.  The transfer market has opened up in the NHL
A very strange choice for Godreau and goalkeepers for Ovechkin. The transfer market has opened up in the NHL

CSKA extended the contract with Sergei Plotnikov

CSKA Moscow has signed a new agreement with striker Sergei Plotnikov, according to the official telegram channel of the army team. The contract with the 32-year-old striker is for two years.

Plotnikov joined CSKA a year ago. In the regular season of the 2021/2022 season, Sergey became the team’s second sniper, scoring 16 goals and making 11 assists in 43 matches. In the playoffs, the striker has 13 (6+7) points in 22 meetings – he is the third in the army team in terms of performance in the Gagarin Cup victory for the club.

General manager of “Washington”: there are no fears that Ovechkin and Orlov may not return from Russia

Washington Capitals general manager Brian McLellan said he has no concerns about the return of Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Alexander Ovechkin from Russia to North America. This was reported by Summit journalist Silber on Twitter.

Earlier in North America, concerns were expressed about the possible non-return of some Russians to the NHL.

Alexander Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov

Alexander Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov


Became known coaching staff of “Kunlun”

“Kunlun Red Star” on the official website named the coaching staff that will work with the team in the new season.

Greg Ireland, who will be working with the team for the first time, has been named head coach. Mark Kampel became his assistant (the second season in the team). Vladimir Kulikov became the goalkeeping coach, Mikhail Bykov was appointed video assistant. He will spend the seventh season with the team. Stefan Breisner also joined the coaching staff.

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