Alexei Emelin Signs with Ak-Bars Kazan

The long song and dance between Alexei Emelin and Ak-Bars Kazan has finally come to a conclusion.  A month after Emelin was told by the hockey club that, as a matter of club policy, they would not be signing any locked out NHLer’s, Emelin was finally signed over the weekend.  After trying out with Ak-Bars in September Emelin had gone home to Togliatti where he skated with the local team.  Emelin debuted Sunday and was in the lineup in a loss Monday against Slovan Bratislava.

Kazan’s change of signing policy may have been motivated by a four game losing streak.

Emelin becomes the seventh member of the Canadiens to sign a European contract.  So far all of them are playing in their native countries.

In Monday night’s games, Andrei Markov has earned the full confidence of his Vityaz Chekhov coach.  Vityaz defeated Severstal Cherepovets 3-1 Monday night and Markov led both teams with 22:17 ice time, an increase of four minutes over his average over his first four games.  He logged 23 shifts in the game.  In his five games Markov has one assist.  The game was played before 3,540 in the steel city of Cherepovets.

And former Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn scored the game winning goal as Avangard edged Donbass 2-1 at home in the Siberian city of Omsk.  Kostitsyn has scored a goal in all four games he’s played for Avangard (4 goals-2 assists).

Upcoming games –  In the KHL Markov and Vityaz will play Dynamo in Minsk Belarus and Ak-Bars with Emelin host CSKA Moscow.  Both games on Wednesday.   Tomas Plekanec and Tomas Kaberle and their Kladno teammates will play their next game Thursday at the Western Czech spa city of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad).  Friday in the Swiss National League, Yannick Weber and Geneva will host Max Pacioretty’s team, Ambri-Piotta.   Zug and Raphael Diaz hosts the Langnau Tigers.  Prior to that they play a European Cup game in Mannheim Germany Tuesday.  Before that game, Zug plays a European Cup game at Mannheim Germany on Tuesday.  Diaz reportedly won’t be available because of a hip injury.