Rangers East -- Ak Bars Kazan - bounced from playoffs

Well, Vinny's championship streak has ended abruptly in Russia.

After winning the Stanley Cup and the World Cup, the Lightning's 24 year old center has been bounced from the Russian playoffs along with the rest of the star-studded AK Bars Kazan team.

With 15 NHL-caliber players, AK Bars Kazan have proven to be the embodiment of the New York Rangers as they have paid a fortune for those services and have gotten only a marginal return at best.

Thanks to reader Doug Girvan the tip-off of the story.