Dmitry Chesnokov

  • Will plummeting Russian ruble kill the KHL?

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The talk of actual hockey in the KHL has moved into the shadow of other topics. The most pressing: In light of the massive free-fall of the Russian ruble over the last two days, there’s a financial crisis the sheer volume of which the country hasn’t seen since 1998.  

    In two months, the Russian ruble lost half of its value to the U.S. dollar and the Euro. This is an ongoing crisis, which means that the exchange rate for the Russian currency has not bottomed out. The ineptness and reactive rather than proactive response from the Russian Central Bank has not has the desired effect on the markets.

    Arkady Rottenberg, President of Dynamo Moscow and one of the most influential people in the KHL, mentioned that the League should move away from the U.S. dollar.

    He said the following to Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport, during media day for the Russian national team in Novogorsk:

    “We live in the Russian Federation, and all transactions are conducted in rubles.”

    (It should be noted that non-Russian KHL clubs are not tied to the Russian ruble).

    Moreover, KHL contracts do not have any provisions tying the Russian ruble to any other currency, meaning there is no way to index their salary.

  • The life and legacy of Viktor Tikhonov

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 23 days ago

    As the statement to R-Sport by CSKA’s General Director Igor Esmantovich read: “Victor Vasilievich Tikhonov passed away this morning at a hospital at 1 this morning after a long illness. CSKA Hockey Club is extending its deepest condolences and will take on all of the tasks related to the organization of the funeral.”   

    There is one member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category from Russia/Soviet Union – Anatoli Tarasov. Considered the patriarch of Russian hockey, Tarasov was considered a tough disciplinarian, heavy handed with brutal training methods. All that coupled with the hockey sense like no other in the country at the time, he was the innovator and his teams won.

    If Tarasov was the patriarch, Tikhonov was his archbishop.

    Assuming the reign of power at CSKA in 1977, Tikhonov was the architect and the engineer of the Red Machine that was the pride of the entire country for the next 15 years. All of the pride that current Russian hockey players and fans feel when they don their country’s jersey, to this day, is without a doubt attributed to Tikhonov.

    Dmitry Chesnokov is a writer for Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports.

  • Evgeni Kuznetsov would rather someone else win the Calder

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 2 mths ago

    For the Washington Capitals, the arrival of Evgeni Kuznetsov late last season was a welcome addition. The Capitals have for years struggled to fill the second line center spot that was one of the Achilles heels for the club. Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, was the prime player to fill that role.

    “I haven’t really comprehended exactly what was happening due to the short amount of time I spent playing in the NHL last season,” Kuznetsov shared his thoughts with me this week, regarding last season.

    With  the arrival of the new coach Kuznetsov feels he has even a better shot now.

    “We have a new coach this season, so for me everything is new again.” Kuznetsov said. “And it is a plus for me in a way, because it is new for all of the guys here with the new coach. We are all equal here now. And it is a good thing. Everyone was expecting to play defense first and only, but it is not the case. We attack, and defensemen are encouraged to go forward. We will play attacking style hockey this season. We are just told how to play defense the right way.”

    But Kuznetsov is focused on the team first.  




  • Alex Ovechkin on plus/minus being overrated, asking Putin for cars and Barry Trotz

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 4 mths ago

    Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals spoke with Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport recently for another wide-ranging interview, one that covered everything from his injury at the world championships to asking Vladimir Putin for cars as gifts for his teammates to dealing with another new coach in D.C.

    Oh, and he also addressed his problem with plus/minus.

    Here’s the interview; the Russian language version is here.

    Q. After a disappointing season the Capitals started cleaning the house, and the head coach Adam Oates and the general manager George McPhee were let go, you said ‘It’s good that I wasn’t kicked out.’ Is this even possible? Ovechkin is the symbol of the city. You were given keys to the city!

    OVECHKIN: “This is business. Right now we are sitting, and suddenly I will get a call: ‘Man, you have been traded to another team.’ And I just bought a house, and haven’t made it my own yet.”

    And what to do with the house then? Sell it?

    “Why? I will keep it. I like living in Washington.”

    Have you spoken with Alexander Radulov about Trotz who coached him in Nashville?

    Washington acquired two quality defensemen from Pittsburgh.


  • Lokomotiv crash investigation concludes flight crew was allowed to fly unlawfully

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 7 mths ago

    Two and a half years after the plane crash that took lives of the entire Lokomotiv KHL team, authorities finished their investigations into the crash, concluding that the flight crew was allowed to fly unlawfully, according to First Yaroslavl TV Channel and Sovetsky Sport.

    Investigators performed forensic analysis of all evidence, interviewed hundreds of witnesses of the crash, spoke to the relatives of players and coaches and employees of Yak Service airline that was responsible for the flight. Following the investigation, only one person will be criminally charged as a result of the crash – the former deputy general director of Yak Service airline Vadim Timofeyev. Working at the airline he was responsible for flight operations. The prosecutors are charging Timofeyev with criminal negligence related to safety and operation of a plane. 

  • Alex Ovechkin and the KHL? Medvedev ponders Kovalchuk path

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 7 mths ago

    KHL President Alexander Medvedev has long desired to have Russian stars in the NHL come back home to play for his League. Last summer, Ilya Kovalchuk’s “retirement” followed by his signing with SKA blazed a path for others to follow.

    The question being asked now: Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin attempt to follow it?

    Medvedev, through a KHL spokesman, told earlier this month that, "Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services."

    In a recent interview with, Medvedev went into further detail on Ovechkin and whether or not he’d make the jump to the KHL:

    Q. Does Ovechkin have desire to play in the KHL?


  • Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin wonders if Cam Ward is past his prime

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 8 mths ago

    Cam Ward has played just 47 games in the last two seasons for the Carolina Hurricanes due to injuries. This season, he was 10-12-6 with a save percentage of .898. He’ll earn $6.7 million next season and then $6.8 million in 2015-16, after which he’ll become a free agent.

    Anton Khudobin was Carolina’s best goalie this season, is three years younger and costs over $4 million against the cap cheaper than Ward.

    Khudobin respects Ward. But he also feels like, perhaps, his time is over in Carolina.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    Presented everything he has with Carolina or in the NHL?

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

    This should make for an interesting training camp. Provided Ward is still a Hurricane.

    Some additional words from Khudobin:

    How do you rate this season?

  • Anton Belov on leaving Oilers for KHL: 'I didn’t want to stay with that coach'

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 8 mths ago

    Anton Belov signed a four year contract in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg. To some it was an unexpected move. For others, Belov could never fulfill the promise that the one-time best KHL defenseman would become a good player for the Edmonton Oilers.

    Belov joined the Russian national team in Novogorsk, near Moscow, to get ready for the IIHF World Championships that will take place in Minsk, Belarus beginning May 9.  He was asked about his departure from the NHL by Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov, who shared the conversation with us.

    Why did this move happen? You secured a spot on Edmonton’s roster, played a lot there, and then you decided to come back.

    “There is no one reason that made it an abrupt change. It all was building up during the season, especially more so after the Olympics. And the hire of coach Bykov (by SKA) was also an influence. The other point is that I could have re-signed with Edmonton, but I didn’t want to stay with that coach [Dallas Eakins]…”

    You were offered a contract? 

    Were you not given a chance to showcase yourself?

  • Henrik Lundqvist on NY Rangers’ Cup chances, John Tortorella vs. Alain Vigneault (Puck Daddy Interview)

    Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy 8 mths ago

    Henrik Lundqvist already has a silver medal to his credit this year. Could he add more championship hardware with the New York Rangers this postseason?

    I recently caught up with the goalie to discuss the Rangers’ Stanley Cup chances, comparing his current and former coaches, the Sochi Games and how he relaxes in his down time.

    Enjoy …

    Q. You broke quite a few records for the New York Rangers recently, and the ceremony the team held for you was appreciated by every hockey fan.

    LUNDQVIST: “It was definitely a special moment in my career. Skating over there, I saw my mom standing there crying. It was hard not to get all emotional. It was just very special for me, to have my family on the ice to share that moment with me was so great on so many levels.”

    Would you say this team is the deepest Rangers team in your tenure?

    The Rangers have been getting into the playoffs for a few years now. For a team like yours, when is simply getting in is not going to be good enough?

    This team is different indeed, but there is also a new coach this year. For you personally, what has been the main difference between John Tortorella’s New York Rangers and Alain Vigneault’s?