Date: October 20, 2016

Hat trick by Patrik Laine ignites social media

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By NHL.com

The game between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks from the 2016 NHL Draft in Winnipeg on Wednesday did not disappoint.

Patrik Laine, drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 2 pick, pulled even with Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the leading goal-scorer in the NHL with a hat trick.

Laine’s third goal, at 3:40 of overtime, capped Winnipeg’s furious five-goal rally in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs and came seconds after Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped Matthews on a breakaway, setting social media ablaze.

The finish, when Matthews was stopped and Laine scored, conjured flashbacks to the time the top two picks of the 2015 NHL Draft faced off. Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, the No. 2 pick, was stopped on one end, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick, scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory on March 1 in Buffalo.

Report: List of 30 highest-paid KHLers revealed

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By Luke Fox – Sportnet

Alexander Radulov turned down an opportunity to become the KHL’s highest-paid player in order to join the Montreal Canadiens for $5.75 million this season.

The 30-year-old Russian sniper reportedly turned down an offer from CSKA Moscow that would’ve paid him $7 million U.S. annually and seen him supplant ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk as the KHL’s highest-paid skater.

This information was reported by Sportfakt.ru as part of a list of the 30 highest-paid KHLers and tweeted out in English by KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins — who notes that these numbers do not include bonuses.

Fun timing. SKA St. Petersburg’s Kovlachuk and Pavel Datsyuk ($4.5 million), the league’s top-two salaried stars, combined to score a goal in 11 seconds from face-off Monday:

After a controversial playoff run last spring, Kovalchuk is off to a torrid start with SKA, scoring 29 points in his first 22 games with the league’s top club this season. Datsyuk, the former Red Wings star, is nearing a point-per-game pace as well.

Other notable names on the KHL’s highest-paid list include former Los Angeles Kings defenceman and suspended NHLer Slava Voynov ($4.5 million), St. Louis Blues property Vladimir Sobotka ($3 million), and KHL all-time scoring leader Sergei Mozyakin ($2.177 million).

Valeri Nichushkin left the Dallas Stars this fall after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract as a restricted free agent. The 21-year-old CSKA winger ranks 24th on the list, with a salary of $1.21 million.

Here is the full list, translated via Sportfact.ru:

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Notes

Stratford goalie joins Croatia-based squad coached by Gordie Dwyer, Connor Cameron

Drew MacIntyre has been given a chance to play again. The Stratford goalie is in Croatia after signing a three-month contract with HC Medvescak of the KHL.
MacIntyre, 33, signed a contract in April to play for the Hamburg Freezers in Germany. The team folded in late May, leaving the veteran of 13 professional seasons searching for work.

Wisniewski close to signing in KHL

Former NHL defenceman James Wisniewski is close to signing in the KHL, the deal would be with Barys Astana.
The 32-year-old missed basically the entire 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in the opener with the Carolina Hurricanes. The team bought out the remainder of his deal (one year) this summer.
Wisniewski has 53 goals and 221 assists over 552 career NHL  games.