According to multiple sources, first by James Martie of The Globe; due to the economic environment in Russia, mainly the trouble of the ruble, the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is in financial trouble. Three team’s coaches have not been paid anything, and as much as 1/3 of the league is in financial crisis.
The league is believed to have been scheduling crisis meetings for this week, and that multiple teams are in deep financial holes. The 28-team league, has been believed to be a threat to the NHL, in terms of being able to pay more money for talent. But, this year two teams, Lev Praha and Spartak Moscow, have already folded to due financial troubles.
Duncan Keith Out With Undisclosed Illness
Two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith is out of tonight’s game with an undisclosed illness. He was missing from this morning’s skate and coach Joel Quenneville does not know the diagnosis: ““I don’t know what’s wrong,” Quenneville said after the team’s morning skate. “He’s sick. He’s not feeling good.” David Rundblad will take his spot. It will be tough on the Hawks, as Keith averages a team-high 25:53 minutes of ice time.
Slava Voynov Facing Felony Domestic Violence Charge
Suspended LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been charged with felony domestic violence, the evidence was deemed worth by an LA judge.
The 24-year-old Voynov, who was charged with a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury last month, appeared in a Torrance, California, court Monday for a preliminary hearing during which shocking details emerged.
According to reports of police testimony Monday, an officer of the Redondo Beach Police Department told the court that Voynov had punched, kicked and choked his wife, Marta Varlamova, at the couple’s home in October.
The LA Kings have been allowed salary cap relief, since Voynov has been suspended since Oct. 19. And the team was fined $100,000 for allowing Voyonov to skate at the teams’ facilities, which went against the indefinite suspension.
Crosby, Bennett, Brassard Have Mumps
Sidney Crosby, teammate Beau Bennet, and Derek Brassard of the New York Rangers are the three latest people to have been diagnosed with the mumps. Bennett is under quarantine, same with Brassard, and Crosby is getting over the illness. Doctors are confused as to why this keeps spreading. Crosby even had the Mumps booster when in Russia for the Winter Olympics. Doctors also believe that the locker room might be a culprit, since all of that bacteria from the equipment stays in the locker room, like a hot-box.
Oilers Fire Dallas Eakins
For the second Monday in a row, a Canadian hockey team has fired their coach. Dallas Eakins, formerly of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fired after losing 15 of their last 16 games, 19 points in 31 games, 36-63-14 under him in parts of two seasons, including 7-19-5 this year. GM Craig McTavish, who has coached the team before, will be the interim coach. The team is having their lowest attendance since 2006, and tickets have been sold at huge reductions in price.