The most recent rumour was, Lubo & Miro Satan want to play the next season together, either in New York Islanders or in their Slovak home club Slovan Bratislava, this season's KHL newcomer. If the latter, they might be joined by Palffy, because Palffy's club Skalica agreed to act as Slovan's farm team starting from this season.
A couple of days ago, Lubo leaked to Slovak media that Satan was in talks with the Islanders. He told reporters, "I'm probably not supposed to be reporting this to you, but I'll do it anyway."
Maybe this is Lubo's not-so-subtle way of sending a message to the Islanders, "Either accept Satan, or you're gonna lose us both." Or, perhaps Satan has just been rejected by the Islanders, so Lubo is now no longer interested in playing there either.
I think Lubo considers LA his second home, right behind Bratislava. He probably doesn't want to establish a third home so late in his career. Playing in the KHL while living in his home town... why, that does seem preferable, especially family-wise, over joining a struggling Islanders team.
Tonight (Tuesday), Slovan's first pre-season game takes place. I grabbed my KHL season tickets the first week they went on sale. Slovan plays KHL's wealthiest club SKA Petersburg tonight (their lineup includes Štěpánek, Průcha, Dallman, Toresen, Artyukhin, Kalinin, Afinogenov).
I for one would be ecstatic to see all of Satan, Lubo & Ziggy playing for the same club (and in my home town!) in the KHL next season. You might say these guys are too old, but they still have lots of hockey left in them, in my opinion. Satan was outstanding at the World Championships in May, a driving force behind the Slovaks' unexpected silver medal and the ousting of Canada in the play-offs. Palffy once again handily won the Slovak league's scorers title last season despite being 40+ years old. If Jagr can still be useful at that age, I'm certain Palffy can be as well. And Lubo might bounce back after a bad season, rejuvenated by his old pals & the home club atmosphere in the club's ground-breaking, first-ever international season in a big league. Honestly, it seems to be a more exciting prospect than joining the Isles.
Last edited by demo05; July 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 PM.
So did this mystery ever get cleared up?
As to Palffy & Satan, they're expected to talk to Slovan Bratislava GM in early August. If both of them agree to join Slovan for the KHL season, I do believe that might sway Lubo as well. The Kings connection between Lubo & Ziggy is obvious, and Lubo & Satan are originally from the same Slovak town, Topolcany. It could be a nice finish to their careers, trying to make Slovan's first KHL season a success. The team's goal for the first season is modest: just to make the play-offs. (There are 14 teams in the KHL's Western Conference.)
In that 1st pre-season game last week, Slovan Bratislava beat SKA St. Petersburg 2-1. Slovan goals by ex-Kings tryout Dravecky & by ex-Wild Olvecky; SKA goal by Prucha (assist by Thoresen).
Dallman was inconspicuous in his first game for SKA. He played with Kalinin on the 1st defensive pairing. He's definitely a KHL star, although you may find it funny. He was the KHL's top-scoring defenseman a few years ago, and last season, he and his wife were clashing with the President of Kazakhstan, which I think is pretty cool : Kevin Dallman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Last edited by demo05; July 30th, 2012 at 04:20 PM.