CSKA Moscow has found its success story in its coaching staff. Dinamo Minsk appears to have found sponsors to play in the upcoming season. Two Eastern Conference teams make a trade.
There is no money in Minsk…yet
While only one thing is for sure – KHL season will start in September there still is some uncertainty about teams that would hit the ice once the season gets going.
As previously reported – Admiral Vladivostok has already pulled out due to financial issues as the local council decided to relocate funds to fight against Covid-19. Dinamo Minsk was on the verge of being sent packing as well. Per Belorussian media outlet ”Tut” the Minsk team has finally gotten an agreement in place from their long-time sponsor ”Belaruskali”.
Although both sides are still negotiating the financial terms for the sponsorship deal it’s very close to being signed. That would allow Dinamo to participate in the upcoming season but the team would still face a major issue. It’s highly unlikely that even with the new deal the team would be able to reach the salary cap floor which is set around 4.3 million dollars.
It has been already said that the team executives have set the goals for the next season – to reach the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. However, it’s highly unlikely that the team would achieve them or even finish higher than the bottom of the standings.
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CSKA Moscow has found their winning staff
The Russian powerhouse and currently the number one ranked team in Europe has signed a three-year contract extension with their coaching staff.
Head coach: Igor Nikitin and his staff – Dmitri Yushkevich, Ravil Jakubov, Yevgeni Koreshkov, Sergei Naumov, Dmitri Pirozhkov.
Under their leadership, the team won the Gagarin Cup in the 2018-19 season.
Bob Hartleys’ Avangard made a trade in the KHL today and it already seems like a winning one. After an unsuccessful season, Avangard traded Taylor Beck (thus freeing up an import spot on the team) to Metallurg Magnitogorsk in exchange for former NHL defenceman Alexei Bereglazov and Ilya Kablukov.
Another interesting thing about the trade is the fact that Ilya Kablukov who is involved in this deal is already on the fourth team within a week. On May 28th he was traded from SKA St.Petersburgh to Amur Khabarovsk. Amur team bought-out players contract and then he signed with the Metallurg team which later traded him to Omsk.