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Report: Kozlov to KHL?


RDS is reporting that forward Viktor Kozlov has signed a deal to play with Salavat of the KHL for next season. Details of the contract were not reported.
Last season Kozlov scored 13 goals, with 28 assists and a minus-9 rating over 67 games.

Tarik is making some phone calls and trying to get to the bottom of these reports. We'll have more on Kozlov, Fedorov and whatever else comes along today.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 26, 2009; 1:40 PM ET
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great losing 2 in one day. awesome

Posted by: capsfan5252 | May 26, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

great! losing 2 in one day. awesome

Posted by: capsfan5252 | May 26, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Our Russian core is weakening.....we must..sign Afinigenov and Zubov...or anyone with an "ov" at the end.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 26, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

These guys probably figure the Caps are going as far as they can go,presently structured. Take some $$$ and go.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 26, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town,

can we add ov to names and go get Eric Coleov?

Posted by: ThePat | May 26, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Can they take Theodore also? :-p

(Yes, I know he's under contract to next year).

Posted by: thisismydcsportsopinion | May 26, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

was kozlov's contract up?

Posted by: jamebow | May 26, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Will be disappointed to see them go , but we need to get younger and more agressive around the net.

Posted by: SeattleRob | May 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

yes, Kozlov's contract was up

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

well, its sure been a day full of rumors for us.

When will the inevitable "Brashear to Russia" and "Ovie to Russia" and "Semin to Russia" rumors begin? and heck, "Varly to Russia" for good measure.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Can't remember who suggested it but at this point IMO it is not a good idea to wrap Neuvirth up in ANY deal. We need to keep him around because he MIGHT be the future goaltender of the Caps. I love what Varly brings to the table and shows all the signs of what the Caps need in net for years, but it is still too early to tell. Some have mentioned the Jim Carey situation and I have to agree. Ace looked great, even snagged a Vezina, then he got injured and his NHL career was ended as quickly as it started. Meanwhile the Caps were smart and held onto another young goaltending prospect that we all know so well, Olaf Kolzig. Just think if the Caps would have traded Olie away because Jim Carey after 1 1/2 seasons looked like the goaltender of the future?

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 26, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

btw on the Bears- "Hershey will make an American Hockey League record 21st trip to the Calder Cup Finals"

Pretty sweet! Go Bears!

Posted by: mrszilla | May 26, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

You can add -uk and -in to that list, too ... :-)

Posted by: Boo- | May 26, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Later Kozy, thanks for the underwhelming hockey.

Posted by: The_Spear | May 26, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Kozy will be missed. While he is not terribly physical, he is a puck possession guy that is difficult to manhandle because of his size. He filled a role well for us that I hope one of our young guys can move in to and perhaps opens up a spot for one of our up and coming from the Bears. GMGM could pull the trigger on a trade as well to upgrade the spot. So much in the air for next season.

Posted by: _Mark | May 26, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall Carey's career getting derailed by injury, just imploded when he quickly lost confidence.

here was an article written about him back the summer of 2000....

Posted by: SombreroGuy | May 26, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

here's a ncie piece of trivia on Carey: he's the last Venzia winner that played NCAA hockey.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Sombreroguy: You're correct. He game fell apart before his shoulder did.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 26, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

sombrero, thanks for that article (and good to see you back here!). This jumped out at me:

"The funny thing about that trade was that when David said he wanted [veteran goalie] Bill Ranford, I said we had to have a goalie back and David asked if I wanted Kolzig or Carey,'' Bruins GM Harry Sinden said. ``Of course, I went for the younger guy who had won the Vezina. Obviously, that wasn't one of my smarter decisions.''

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Koz-decent player but not a great value..But we'll miss him!

Posted by: dlakjesad | May 26, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this was a huge loss. Kozlov's alright but I never thought his style of play worked that well for the top line and he didn't really do much of anything if he was moved to the 2nd line. He's okay at taking the puck along the boards and passing out to Ovechkin or Backstrom but that's about it. Not that he doesn't have talent but seems to rarely try hard enough to be as good as he should be. He's sort of like Nylander in that way. Someone like Cole would be a way better fit for that line.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 26, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

so now that we've discussed a replacement 2nd line center, who's going to be our 1st line RW? We know the prototype who needs to play with Ovie and Backstrom - Fehr's not there, hell no to Clark again... some kid from Hershey? I keep hearing about giving Hershey forwards a shot but they just haven't done anything at the NHL level... not even a promise of something. We're not making a cup run like that. 1-line wonder with Semin on the RW won't work either.

Posted by: rh71 | May 26, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

rh71: There's lots of time to figure all that out. You have Hershey call-ups, free agency, trades prior to next year and, finally, deadline deals next March. I think Aucoin is a definite Cap next year with his one-way, and Bourque, too, since he is a RFA who will surely get a one-way offer. I bet last year around this time that Brooks Laich would out-point Kozlov this season, and people thought I was an idiot. OK, I am an idiot, but I got that one right. As for next year, Aucoin will outpoint Fedorov (if Feds plays in NHL). Aucoin is probably adequate as a 2nd line center up to the deadline. Bourque is adequate as a grinder at least, and maybe he'll give you more.

Clark and Nylander are real wild cards. I think very slim chance Nylander is productive, but Clark I think is 50/50. If he does well enough, Laich can be given a decent shot as 1st line RW.

I think Caps are all but shoo-ins for playoffs, so no reason not to give guys like Laich and Aucoin extended look-sees up until March 1st.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 26, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov will be missed more than Federov, but he never scored to the degree you'd expect a winger to on a line with Ovie and Backstrom. His strength in handling the puck and digging in the corners will be misssed, but he rarely created any traffic in front of the net for a guy his size. Not to mention he's 34 and his best years were behind him. It will also save us on the salary cap.

I'd like to see the Caps sign a rugged right winger who isn't afraid to mix it up in front and to be more of a goal scorer. A winger on Ovie's line playing with Backstrom should be a 30-goal scorer as evidenced by Clark a couple of years ago. I just don't see Clark even getting back to that level given his injuries and age.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 26, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

How about GM goes to Russia. I like the sound of that.

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 26, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Will be disappointed to see them go , but we need to get younger and more agressive around the net.

Posted by: SeattleRob

In a "Seattle-like" day here in Wash. D.C., Seattle Rob said it best. Younger and more agressive around the net is a need for the Caps. Thanks to both, especially Feds, but I think it's best we break ties with both of them.

Posted by: dsphvywght | May 26, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

SA Town, the Caps don't want or need Afinegenov (sp) he's one of the worst players on the Sabre team. no effort at all, cashing checks he doesn't deserve at all. Don't even think about that!

Posted by: jwash4472 | May 26, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to big Kozzy, but it was time to move on.

Posted by: digster1013 | May 26, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

When Kozlov was out with injuries the Ovie line was not as affective. We need a banger with good hands and size at the net. What was Kozlov's salary this year? Any free agents with mentioning at RW?

Posted by: chillwill1 | May 26, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say worth menitioning at RW

Posted by: chillwill1 | May 26, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Here are some UFA RW

Marian Gaborik
Marian Hossa
Marty Havlat
Max Afinogenov
Brian Gionta
Ales Kotalik

The Sedin twins are UFA's, but you gotta believe the Canucks will resign them.

Also, I think a good buy low candidate is Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard. I would look and see what the Wild want.

Posted by: digster1013 | May 26, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Hate to see Kozlov and/or Federov go but the Caps can't compete with what KHL seems to be willing to give them. If they were willing to take a lot less to stay here then maybe.

Brooks Laich said in his exit interviews that he would like to go back to the center position which is his more natural position and the one he played at growing up, until a couple of years ago when the Capitals switched him to RW. He also wants to take on more responsibility which this would accomplish. If Federov does indeed leave the Caps and go back to Russia, Brooks could center the 2nd line with Semin and someone else.

Congratulations to the Hershey Bears on reaching the Calder Cup Finals. Good luck against Manitoba on Saturday night. With so many Hershey guys being called up to the big club this year I feel like I know the whole roster too. Big Tyler Sloan fan as well - really nice kid. Hope Karl recovers from his concussion and they don't rush him back too soon.

Posted by: theresa21 | May 26, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

This could be a blessing in disguise. Kozlov attempts to play like Ovechkin and Semin but is too slow and not as skilled. The Caps need players suited for playoff hockey. I would like to have Federov back at a lower salary if he is willing, but if not that frees up some money for a FA.

Posted by: Killerangel81 | May 26, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

One thing I'll miss from Kozlov is his penalty shot. I didn't look up his percentages, but he seemed to usually bury one when we needed it.

Posted by: FourOhSeven | May 26, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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