Stephane Da Costa likely heading for KHL

Stephane Da Costa - SenatorsBob McKenzie is reporting on Twitter that Ottawa’s Stephane Da Costa will likely be playing in the KHL next season.

Da Costa, 24, is heading overseas because Ottawa reportedly isn’t prepared to give him the one-way contract he was expecting for next season.

The Frenchy spent last season with the Binghamton Senators, churning out a point-per-game pace with 58 points in 56 games played. He appears intent on a greater challenge.

Ilya Kovalchuk coming back to the NHL in 2014 ?

Ilya Kovalchuk - KHLA rumor started on Twitter by controversial sports radio host Dino Costa suggests the Devils are in “negotiations” with Ilya Kovalchuk.

Costa, who was fired by SiriusXM last October, reports that Kovalchuk is in talks with his former NHL club to return next season.

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Free agent forward Jiri Sekac to sign a NHL contract soon

#64 Jiri SekacKeep an eye on Jiri Sekac, a 22-year-old Czech forward who went through a couple NHL Drafts and never got picked up.

He had a strong year in the KHL playing for the HC Lev Praha, the Prague team with 28 points in 47 GP.

According to Bob McKenzie from TSN, the 6’2, 190 pound left winger received more than a dozen firm offers from NHL teams on a max entry-level deal for 2 years. He’s expected to make up his mind as to which team over the next couple of days. Many believe is ready to step in NHL-ready.

Video: Watch Jiri Sekac first career KHL playoffs goal

Leo Komarov wants to return to NHL

Leo KomarovLeo Komarov, the 27-year-old ex-Leaf, who spent last season playing in the KHL, wants to return to the NHL. And because he is a Group 2 restricted free agent, the Maple Leafs will have first crack at signing him. But once July 1 hits, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Komarov’s agent, Mark Gandler told that Komarov is seeking a multi-year contract. He would not go into specifics regarding salary, but it is clear from talking to him that Komarov wants to be paid somewhere close to the US$2-million he was receiving in Russia.

Stephane Da Costa has a big money offer from KHL team

Stephane Da Costa - Ottawa SenatorsOttawa Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion told TSN 1280 that french forward Stephane Da Costa was pursued by the KHL, and from the sound of things, there might be more lucrative offers in Russia:

“We’d like to keep him but it has to make sense for both parties. It’s no secret that the KHL is offering him big money and it’s up to Steph if he wants to pursue his NHL dream or not. I think we’ve made a very fair offer. general manager Brian Murray feels that way, I feel that way, I think his agent feels it’s a fair offer and we’ll just see where we go from there.”

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Prospect Connor McDavid drafted in KHL draft

Connor McDavidThe KHL is holding its 2014 entry draft yesterday and one team laid claim to the likely top pick in next year’s NHL draft.

Erie Otters sensation Connor McDavid was drafted by Medvescak Zagreb in the 2nd round of the KHL’s entry draft, becoming the latest high profile NHL prospect to get picked up in this process. He just finished a phenomenal season in the OHL, netting 28 goals and 99 points in 56 regular season games and 19 points in 14 playoff games.

But will he ever play for Zagreb? Likely not.

The team will now own McDavid’s KHL rights, for potential use during the next inevitable NHL lockout, or for a minor trade.

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Kirill Kaprizov is No. 1 pick in 2014 KHL Junior Draft

Kirill KaprizovAt the 2014 KHL Entry Draft in Saint Petersburg, it was Metallurg Novokuznetsk who won first pick in the pre-Draft lottery, which they used to secure the rights to keep one of their own promising graduates at the club. Seventeen-year-old left-handed forward Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov is 5’ 9” and 176lbs, was ranked No. 20 on the Central Scouting Bureau’s rankings for Russian players. He spent last season in the MHL-A league with Metallurg’s Kuznetskie Medvedi, and recorded 37 points (19+18) in 60 games.

Mike Keenan becomes first coach to win the Stanley Cup and the Gagarin Cup

Mike Keenan - KHL - Gagarin CupIn his first year with the Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the 63-year-old Mike Keenan coached his team to the KHL championship Wednesday. Metallurg beat Lev Prague 7-4 in Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup.

Keenan became the first coach to win both the Stanley Cup and the Gagarin Cup.

He led the New York Rangersto the 1993-94 Stanley Cup and has more than 600 wins during a 25-year career with eight teams. He last coached in the NHL with the Calgary Flames from 2007 to 2009. Keenan signed a two-year contract with Metallurg in May 2013.

Could Ovechkin “retire” to KHL and follow Kovalchuk?

Alex Ovechkin - Ilya KovalchukThere are speculations about whether a KHL club might try to lure Alex Ovechkin away from the Washington Capitals this summer, or over the next few years.

It’s a similar idea to Ilya Kovalchuk bolting from the New Jersey Devils to the KHL last summer.

Ovechkin has not said anything that would suggest he’s even thinking about it. But KHL president Alexander Medvedev expressed his view on this possibility via a KHL spokesman:

“Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club. Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services.”