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Friday, May 25, 2007

Koshechkin Plans To Head For Tampa

Vasily Koshechkin, Lada Togliatti

Team Russia goalie Vasily Koshechkin is said to be close to signing a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning and wants to have a deal in place before training camp, according to a report that was posted earlier today by Sport Express.

Koshechkin, 24, compiled a 2.08 GAA in 40 games in '06-'07, after finishing with a 1.56 GAA and .935 sv pct in '05-'06, for defensive-minded Lada Togliatti. Ranked high on the very short list of top Russian goalie prospects, he is said to be very quick laterally, with a flexible style that is said to be similar in some ways to Ilya Bryzgalov (Russian Prospects). One thing is obvious-- at 6'-6", Koshechkin can sure cover a lot of area.

Here's a look at Koshechkin's helmet, which he very recently updated-- the description in the corner in English that's too small to read is mine:

click to enlarge

Just so that I don't get a reputation of being only about stats and numbers. *ba-dump bump*

UPDATE 6/18/07 - Ak Bars Kazan announced today that they have signed Koshechkin, along with one of Lada's top defensemen, Alexei Emelin.


Blogger Brushback said...

Koshechkin's plans were clarified in Sport Express today: Koshechkin plans to leave for North America in the summer, but if he doesn't make the Lighting roster, he will return to Russia and possibly switch Russian teams (from Lada Togliatti to CSKA-Moscow).

5/28/07, 9:17 PM


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