Rangers May Play Exhibition In Russia

January 22, 2011, by

In addition to potentially opening the season in Europe next year, the Rangers are currently in talks to have an exhibition game against a KHL team while overseas. The team the Rangers may play? Vityaz Chekhov. For those who are unsure who they are, watch this video, and then ask yourself if you really want the Rangers playing them next season.

As per Puck Daddy, Vityaz GM Alexei Zhamnov was a little bit surprised that the Rangers, who are organizing this voluntarily, picked Vityaz:

“I have no idea why they picked us,” Zhamnov continued. “Last week I received the first phone call about it. And on Thursday a representative from the Rangers will fly to Moscow. On Friday we are going to have a meeting with him to negotiate regarding details. We are very interested in this project. We had no doubts whether to agree to it.”

It is a little surprising that the Rangers would pick Vityaz over a team like the Dynamo Moscow (Jaromir Jagr’s team). They are a bit of a dirty club, but a dirty club that sits in the bottom of the standings. That probably has a lot to do with it. If the Rangers do wind up playing Vityaz next season, let’s hope that it doesn’t open with a brawl like that. The Rangers have had enough injuries to deal with this year.


  1. Rick in Boston says:

    I just took a look at their roster. All four North Americans skating with them aren’t exactly known for their traditional hockey abilities:

    Chris Simon – speaks for itself

    Josh Gratton – for Flyers goon, 294 PIM in 86 NHL games, three minor league seasons of 200+ PIM

    Brandon Sugden – including major juniors, he’s got nine yeears of 150+ PIM. He actually skated with the Pack in 08-09, where he totaled one point (a helper) in 57 games with 136 PIM. In looked at PIM per games played, I believe that was his “cleanest” year of AHL hockey

    Darcy Verot – left this one for last: played 37 games with the Caps in 03-04, 135 PIM in those games. Has NINE seasons of 200+ PIM throughout his pro career, including 511 in his first year in Russia, and 3 seasons of at least 299 in the AHL

  2. the duke says:

    Maybe we should send the Charlestown Chiefs