- © RIA Novosti. Vladimir Fedorenko
© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Fedorenko
MOSCOW, February 23 (R-Sport) – Interim coach Vyacheslav Butsaev was given the permanent job at KHL team CSKA Moscow on Saturday after the team's successful start to the playoffs.
The former Philadelphia Flyers forward was employed as a stop-gap coach in mid-December after the club fired Valery Bragin.
Since then, Butsaev has guided the team to 13 wins of 19 remaining games in the regular season to finish second in the Western Conference, and got the team off to a perfect start in the conference quarterfinals with two wins in the opening two games against Lev Prague.
CSKA could even wrap up the best-of-seven series by Monday.
The club dominated Soviet hockey with 32 titles, but has been without silverware since 1989.
After national oil company Rosneft took over last year, the pressure to end the drought has never been higher.