Bruins sign Khokhlachev to rookie deal, will play in Russia this season


Bruins sign Khokhlachev to rookie deal, will play in Russia this season

WILMINGTON, Mass. There was finally some clarity on the Alex Khokhlachev To Russia with Love situation on Friday morning.

The Bruins 2011 second round pick will play for the KHLs Spartak club this coming season, and then will return back to the Bruins organization the following season. That became the new plan after Khokhlachev signed an entry-level rookie deal with the Bruins that becomes official on July 1.

If they hadnt signed Khokhlachev now, they would have been under the gun to sign him by June 1, 2013 in order to retain his rights.

Kokos year in Russia wont count toward the three-year contract with the Bruins, and instead wont be activated the following season when he returns to North American ready for pro hockey. The highly-skilled Russian forward showed his abilities while topping 30 goals in his first season for the OHL Windsor Spitfires, and was excellent after arriving in shape for last falls Bs training camp.

The 19-year-old will still take part in Bs training camp again this fall before heading back to Russia to be reunited with his father, Igor. The lacerated kidney Koko suffered while skating for the Spitfires at the end of last years junior hockey season is still affecting the Russian forward at development camp, but hes expected to make a full recovery by this falls full training camp.

Weve come to terms with Khokhlachev. Because of his injury he wont be taking any contact for seven or eight weeks, said Chiarelli. The plan is now for him to play in Russia. Hell attend our camp and then hell go to play in Russia for Spartak where his father is a manager.

After the one year hell be under his purview. His goal is still to play in the NHL and hes making strides toward that. What we decided with Koko is that its a unique set of circumstances with his dad being the manager there. We said its one year and back to North America. He felt it was the right move and so were going along with it and supporting it.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.