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NHL notes: KHL cancellations

An exterior view of the Barclays Center is seen in Brooklyn, New York October 24, 2012....

An exterior view of the Barclays Center is seen in Brooklyn, New York October 24, 2012. (Reuters/ANDREW KELLY)

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, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

The KHL announced Friday it would not go through with a pair of games scheduled for next January at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The reason for the cancellation wasn't clear, although the KHL released a statement on the matter.

"Meeting the wishes of thousands of Russian hockey fans, considering the interests of the teams Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg and because of the lack of certainty with the NHL lockout length, the KHL decided to change the dates of games between the teams scheduled for Jan. 19 and 20," the league said in a statement.

The two games will now be played in Russia.

It would seem that if the NHL was still in lockout mode, the games in Brooklyn would have provided the KHL with a big boost in visibility and media coverage. Dynamo currently has Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom signed to lockout deals while SKA has New Jersey Devils captain Ilya Kovalchuk and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Coincidentally, the New York Islanders announced this week they were moving to Barclays Centre in 2015.

NEW JOB FOR JULIEN

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien will be behind the bench for a new team Sunday.

Julien will coach the Winthrop, Mass., squirt team as part of a charity drive.

"Maybe it's a win-win situation," Julien told NHL.com Friday. "They get me to coach them and I get to get some of the rust off."

He will coach a team of nine- and 10-year-olds, who were the winners of a raffle.


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