The unit of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) Riga “Dinamo” has already entered the final phase of the line-up, because in a relatively short time they managed to attract a lot of hockey players, the club’s head coach Pēteris Skudra said in a conversation with the portal “Tvnet”.
In July, Latvian specialist Pēteris Skudra was appointed the head coach of “Dinamo”, but he will be assisted by the head coach of the Russian Youth Hockey League (MHL) team “Rīga” last season Raimonds Vilkoits and his assistant Aleksandrs Nizhivijs.
“We are still waiting for one foreign attacker, with whom the contract has already been signed, but the line-up is basically already 90% complete,” Skudra said in a conversation with the portal. “In the coming days he will be in Latvia, then we will officially announce. We are still waiting for two foreign defenders with the right stick grip. With one the contract has been signed, with the other everything is still in progress. We are waiting for an answer from Mārtiņš Karsums. Let’s see if we need another one now. goalkeeper. “
Ant also denied previous rumors in the media that Karsums would not fit into his game model.
“No, they have no basis. I don’t care about one particular hockey player. The whole team is important. We offer a contract to those with whom we can achieve the highest results as a team. If this or another player does not agree to the conditions, then we can not continue negotiations. “Mārtiņš, Jānis, Pēteris, Džordžs or Maikls – I don’t care at all. I have been given a task from the leadership that I want to fulfill. We offered Karsma what fits into our vision.”
The head coach pointed out that the main thing in the team is competition in all four threes.
“For us, all shifts are the same. And in all shifts, everyone is primarily able to play hockey, not just work well on the field,” the former goalkeeper outlined the team, who did not hide that the defenders Oskars Cibulskis and Edgars Siksns do not see a place in the current “Dinamo”.
“Both are good hockey players and I have nothing against them, but no contracts are offered. To achieve the results I want, I look at a slightly different level. Guys are good, they can play, I have no claim against them, but I look at the players. who can offer the team a little more. “
The ant also did not rule out the possibility that four test matches would be played in Finland instead of three, as previously reported. There is also a possibility that high-profile hockey will be seen by local fans, as it is possible that a test fight will be organized with one of the Optibet Premier League units.
It has already been reported that at the end of August, Dinamo will play three test matches with local teams in Finland, including KHL’s Helsinki Jokerit.
Last season, “Dinamo” took the penultimate place in the Western Conference and in the entire league, not qualifying for the Gagarin Cup for the sixth year in a row.
KHL’s new season is scheduled to start on September 2. The first game of the new season “Dinamo” will be played on September 3 with a game against Nursultan “Baris”, entering a series of four home matches.