From what I've been reading here all week, everyone seems to think that Tikhonov will be Russia's coach at the World Cup and that it's the reason why Russian NHLers won't accept to play for their country. So I need to make one thing clear : The president of the Russian Hockey Federation, Alexander Steblin, announced late last week that Tikhonov would not coach Russia anymore, be it at the World Cup or any other international competition. The federation is already looking for someone to replace him, and the top candidate is (unfortunately) Boris Mikhailov, who should be backed up by a couple of head coaches from the Superleague. If you're looking for a link (in Russian) go to http://www.Gazeta.ru, and do a search in the hockey directory. I'm not making this up people, don't worry.