Thursday, August 21, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Donbass Donetsk is suspending operations due to civil unrest in the Ukraine while Lev Praha and Spartak Moscow are both sitting out due to financial issues. Replacing the three teams will be Jokerit Helsinki, making them the first Finnish squad to be in the KHL, HC Sochi, who is looking to capitalize on the momentum that the Winter Olympics created for the town, and Lada Togliatti, who was in the KHL from 2008 through 2010, when arena issues forced them to drop into a lower league.
SKA Saint Petersburg is also going into the season with a major change, this one behind the bench, as a disappointing end to a season with high expectations led them to tab Vyacheslav Bykov as the new head coach. Expectations will forever be high with the team that has never won a championship in their history, which dates back to 1946.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
How both teams filled those vacancies was different, as the Oil Kings hired from within, as Steve Hamilton was promoted from associate coach to be the new bench boss of the Oil Kings. He helped oversee an Oil Kings unit that made the WHL Finals three years (currently) in a row and claim two WHL championships and a Memorial Cup. His familiarity will help an Oil Kings squad that may very well experience a major turnover in its roster.
The Winterhawks looked to Chicago to name their guy, as Jamie Kompon was named to both the head coach and General Manager roles. His resume includes six years as an Assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings (with two of those seasons intersecting Johnston's time with the Kings) and two seasons as an Assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. He has two Stanley Cup championships from 2012 and 2013 in that time. Kompon has some sizable shoes to fill, but he appears to have the tools to lead Portland in their quest for a fifth straight WHL Finals appearance.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
There has been some talk about the St. Louis Blues making changes to their uniforms, and it seems that the fine people over at Icethetics are confirming this, at least the team's home jerseys. The full story can be found here. All of the things that will change are explained in the piece, so I won't go into detail into what they are until the official unveiling. As for what the recreation (no photos were provided, and there won't be until the official unveiling) portrays, it's basically the Blues going back to the pre-Edge design. If the design holds true, it will be a good idea on the Blues' part, as they decided to keep it simple by eliminating the piping and adding waist stripes.