Getty ImagesThis is Kris Letang. You know him as a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he’s also the big new addition for the Kontinental Hockey League’s SKA St. Petersburg. Said team vice-president Alexei Kasatonov, to R Sport:
“He is one of the best NHL defensemen and was nominated for the Norris Trophy last season. The lockout is continuing, so we’ve decided that it’s better for Kris to come right now to get into shape and prepare for the playoffs.”
Yeah, about that. The NHL lockout came to an end on Sunday morning when the players and owners agreed on a tentative framework for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Letang’s tenure in the KHL is going to make Barry Melrose’s tenure as Tampa Bay head coach look like Lindy Ruff’s in Buffalo.
There are roughly 40 NHL players that are playing in the KHL or had KHL deals during the lockout. Major stars like Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk created buzz for the Russian league and helped it create inroads onto North American television.
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