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KHL Team Involved In Russian Plane Crash Controlled Semyon Varlamov's KHL Rights

The hockey world is reeling from the tragic news involving the plane crash of a Russian hockey team in the KHL on Wednesday morning. The latest reports indicate that at least 34 passengers on the plane have been killed, and surely more reported deaths will come in. It's an incredibly sad story.

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The KHL team involved in the plane crash is Lokomotiv Yaroslavi, which was in the Washington D.C. news circles a bit earlier this summer. Former Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov was threatening to leave to join the KHL, and as it turned out, Lokomotiv was the team that controlled his rights. Varlamov wanted to sign with SKA Saint Petersburg, so even if he did bolt, he probably wouldn't have played for Lokomotiv. Still, it's a bit of an eerie connection.

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Mind you, we're not saying necessarily that Varlamov could have been on that plane if the Capitals didn't end up trading him to the Colorado Avalanche. It's just a scary connection to an incredibly tragic story.