Another Ranger is heading overseas. This time around, it’s Derek Stepan, who will be heading to Finland to play with Kalpa Kuopio of SM-Liga.
Off to play in Finland! #kalpa
Notable NHLers on Kalpa are Sami Kapanen and Craig Smith (Nashville).
Update 3:00pm: Thanks to agentsmith for pointing this out: Smith and Stepan were teammates at Wisconsin.
First, I hope that everyone who reads this blog and all of your families are safe. Hurricane Sandy did a number on the tri-state area, and it was by far the worst storm we have ever encountered. I had a close call myself, as a tree that is (was) three feet from my bedroom window snapped, and the top half came crashing down, missing my apartment by about five feet. There was also another tree that was leaning, but did not go down. Both trees have been removed thankfully.
Now back to some semblance of Ranger hockey: Carl Hagelin had a bit of a scare last night, as he took a hit to the shoulder and was removed from the game. It was a precautionary move, but like Rick Nash before him, his shoulder injury is day-to-day.
Additionally, MSG is planning on airing more KHL games on the MSG network as the lockout continues. There will be a total of eight games aired on MSG throughout the month of November:
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Adam Rotter of SNYRB has the translated tweets from Sweden, but it looks like Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi may be joining teammate Carl Hagelin in the HockeyAllsvenskan with Södertälje. This is just another blow to the fans who believe a season will begin sooner rather than later, as more players flock to Europe to find ice time.
It’s interesting to see Del Zotto heading overseas, as he doesn’t have a contract with the Rangers. It makes him cheaper to sign, but it’s a much bigger risk for MDZ. If he gets hurt, he doesn’t have the NHL contract to slide back on and still get paid (via insurance) if/when the lockout ends. As for Girardi, he will need to go through the normal steps of insuring his contract before signing.
This isn’t confirmed yet, as contract details need to be ironed out, but at least it’s good to see that three core Rangers will be playing with each other overseas.
Almost 150 NHL players have taken their talents abroad. Some will skate in arenas as far west as the Irish Sea, and some as far east as the Sea of Japan. Of those 150 players, three represent the pride of the New York Rangers.
Carl Hagelin has continued his domination of Sweden’s second-tier league, HockeyAllsvenskan. There he has posted 2 goals and 5 assists in 4 games played for Södertälje SK. Ironically, he skates alongside Rangers’ rivals Matt Read and Niklas Grossmann, both of the Philadelphia Flyers.
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The only prospect in action last night was Jesper Fast in the SEL. In HV71′s 3-2 win over Frolunda (the soon to be home of Henrik Lundqvist), Fast notched an assist and continues his hot start to the SEL season.
Since it was just Fast in action last night, it seems prudent to combine today’s ATF with an update on Ryan McDonagh, who is already playing big time minutes with Barys Astana in the KHL. In a little over 23 minutes of ice time, McDonagh notched two assists in Barys’ 5-0 win over Dinamo Riga. McDonagh’s assists were both primary assists, and his second came on the powerplay.
After the jump, check the full line score for Jesper Fast.
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Last night, Ryan McDonagh made his KHL debut for Barys Astana, notching some significant ice time and finishing the 5-1 victory with a +1 rating. Some names that you might notice that are playing with McDonagh on Barys: Nik Antropov, Brandon Bochenski, Dustin Boyes, Nigel Dawes, Victor Hedman, and Andrew Hutchinson. Not exactly a lineup lacking in NHL and/or North American players.
Carl Hagelin also continued his great play in Allsvenskan, notching a goal and an assist in Södertälje SK 5-1 win. That update comes courtesy of Bill Meltzer, who has been doing a great job of tweeting updates from all around Europe and Russia. Definitely give him a follow, as he gives updates on leagues, like Hagelin’s Allsvenskan, that we find it difficult to locate game stats.
Looks like Rick Nash isn’t the addition that HC Davos in the Swiss NLA had hoped for. Despite scoring his second goal in as many games since coming back from a shoulder injury, Davos still lost 6-3. Nash, who injured his shoulder last week, played his second game since his return, and has not been invisible offensively. However, doesn’t matter how many goals you score if you can’t play defense as a team. Davos sits in 10th of 12 teams in the NLA.
Just an aside, if anyone follows Euro hockey closely, let me know. It’s tough to find stats for these games.
Carl Hagelin is off to a good start in the second-tier Swedish league HockeyAllsvenskan, as he finished his first game with his hometown Södertälje SK with two assists. This update comes courtesy of Matias Strozyk, who was tweeting updates throughout the game. Considering how difficult it is to find updates of the second-tier leagues in Sweden, finding Matias’ Twitter account was a bit of a savior.
Also, Rick Nash returned tonight for HC Davos in the Swiss NLA. Nash, who sat out for a week with a bruised shoulder, scored the tying goal in Davos’ 3-2 overtime win over Henrik Zetterberg’s EV Zug. When Nash is in the lineup, Davos wins. When he isn’t, they lose. Interesting phenomenon.
As per Pat Leonard, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has signed with HC Barys of the KHL. Per Laurie Carr, McDonagh will join former Rangers Nigel Dawes and Nik Antropov with Barys, as well as former Connecticut Whale captain Andrew Hutchinson and Tampa Bay Lighting defenseman Victor Hedman.
McDonagh is the third Ranger to bolt overseas for hockey, joining Rick Nash (HC Davos – Switzerland) and Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje SK – Sweden).
There are other ways to get your hockey fix during “The Lockout, Part III.”
During the last lockout almost 400 players went overseas to play hockey. This time around, there are over 120 players abroad. We figured its about time someone put together a guide of who is playing where, what are the differences among some of these leagues and which teams you should be following.
KHL – Russia
Largely considered the 2nd best league in the world, the KHL currently has around 35 NHL players signed to contracts. The league now consists of 26 teams and this winter will feature Pavel Datsyuk (CSKA Moscow), Alex Ovechkin (Dynamo Moscow), Ilya Kovalchuk (SKA St. Petersburg), Evgeni Malkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Pekka Rinne (HC Dinamo Minsk) and many, many more.
The league is currently divided into 2 conferences (Western and Eastern) and each conference is then divided into 2 divisions. All teams play 56 regular season games.
The team I am most likely rooting for is Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, whose entire roster and key personnel died last year in a horrific plane crash. The fact that former New York Ranger, Artem Anisimov is playing for Lokomotiv (his hometown club) is a nice bonus.
Elitserien (SEL) – Sweden
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