Season 8 profile: St. Petersburg Krasnyye Zvezdy

Team owner: Sergei Smirnov, former director of JSC Proletarsky Zavod Farm Club: Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia) GM: Ben Stuller (3rd GM in team’s history) Coach: Guy Boucher (replaced Paul Maurice in Season 7, who replaced Kevin Dineen after Season 4) Last season: 17 overall, did not make playoffs Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8) Out: Ilya Kovalchuk (free agent),…

Season 8 profile: Dublin Fighting Irish

Farm Club: Cool Mokum Amsterdam (Netherlands) GM: Gayle Rock  (Fourth GM in team’s history) Coach: Bruce Cassidy (replaced Paul MacLean after Season 7; MacLean replaced Dave Tippett after Season 4; Tippett replaced Alain Vigneault after Season 3) Last season: 16th overall, (In playoffs, lost to Minsk) Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8) Out: Phil Kessel (free agent), Olexander Pobyedonostsev…

Season 8 profile: Lisbon H.C.

Owner: Sara Sampaio,  Portuguese super model Farm Club – HC Porto (Portugal)  GM: Bryan Camara  (4th GM in team’s history) Coach: Willie Desjardins (Replaced Peter Laviolette after Season 4; Laviollette replaced Todd McLellan after Season 3) Last season: 8th overall (In playoffs, defeated Madrid, then Athens, then Bratislava, then lost to Belfast in Finals) Ins and Outs…

Season 8 profile: Helsinki Jokerit

GM: Michael Cronebach (3rd GM in team’s history); Trevor Grimm (2nd GM in team’s history) Coach: Doug Weight (replaced Barry Trotz after Season 7) Last season: 9th overall; In playoffs,  lost to Moscow in Round 1. Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8) Out:  Henrik Lundquist (free agent), Pavel Datsyuk (retired), Ville Peltonen (retired) , Niklas Hjalmarsson (free agent),…

Season 8 profile: Zurich Lions

Farm Club: Venice (Italy) Griffins  GM: Dennis Sullo (4th GM in team’s history) Coach: Peter Laviolette (replaced Paul MacLean after Season 4) Last season: 18th overall; out of playoffs Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8) Out: Brad Richards (free agent), Drew Stafford (free agent), Patrick Sharp (free agent), Jussi Jokinen (free agent), Marc Staal (waivers), Matt…

Season 8 profile: Berlin Smurfs

Team owner: Neil Patrick Harris, American actor and Smurf fanatic Farm Club: Kolner Haie  GM: Guybrush Threepwood (only GM in team’s history) Coach: Adam Oates Last season: 7th overall (In the playoffs, lost to Berlin) Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8) Out: Jimmy Howard (free agent), Jeff Carter (trade), Ryan Callahan (free agent), Roman Polak…

Season 8 profile: EHC Munich Red Bull

  Farm Club: Hamburg (Germany) Freezers  GM: Eli Broad  (8th GM in team’s history) Coach: Mike Sulllivan (replaced Craig Berube after Season 6) Last season: 15th overall, (in playoffs, lost to Bratislava) Ins and Outs (Season 7 to Season 8) Out: Talgat Zhailauov (free agent), Craig Smith (trade), Henrik Sedin (free agent), Tomas Fleischmann (free agent), Ryan Wilson (waivers), Josh Bailey…