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Brooklyn Plans Two Regular-Season KHL Games

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 23: Goalkeeper Karri Ramo #31 of the Avangard sits dejected in his crease as Mikhail Anisin #22 and Alexander Boikov #4 of the Dinamo celebrate during the play-off game between Avangard Omsk region and Dinamo Moscow during the KHL Championship 2011/2012 on April 23, 2012 at the Arena Luzhniki in Moscow, Russia. The Dinamo won 2-5. (Photo by Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)

A couple months back, we got word via Puck Daddy that Eastern Europe's Kontinental Hockey League intended to play a few games at the brand-new Barclays Center. Those talks between the league and the Brooklyn folks held up, and indeed, it looks like we'll be seeing some real live KHL games in Brooklyn. Exact dates haven't been set, so it's still not officially official, but the KHL friends are aiming for January, during their regular season and right before their All-Star Game in Chelyabinsk.

In today's announcement/update, KHL commissioner Alexander Medvedev went so far as to list some candidate teams for the tournament. If you've heard of any KHL teams, these are probably those. From Puck Daddy (translated from the Sovetsky Sport report):

"There are five candidates at this time. They are CSKA, Dynamo [the reigning KHL champion], as well as the teams [Jaromir] Jagr and [Alexander] Radulov played for [Avangard Omsk and Salavat Yulaev] and SKA St. Petersburgh. I am sure these games will be sold out," Medvedev told Sovetsky Sport today.

This, of course, won't be the Barclays Center's only exhibition of hockey in the near future — the Islanders and Devils have a preseason game set for October 2. It's also unsurprising that the home of Mikhail Prokhorov's Nets would be interested in doing business with a primarily Russian hockey league. Meanwhile, Deron Williams visited Russia a couple weeks ago, and there are continuing rumors that the Nets are interested in Andrei Kirilenko. Those antipodal ties to the motherland are ever-strengthening!

Photo: Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images