Report: Alexander Radulov could be heading back to the NHL

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Alexander Radulov (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Alexander Radulov, the former Nashville Predator and current captain of the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, could be on his way back to the NHL in time for the 2016-17 season.

According to a report from Russian website Champion.at, Radulov’s agent, Yuri Nikolaev, said that not only would Radulov be eligible to return to the NHL in 2016-17 but that he has already been contacted by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy regarding the possibility of coming back to North America.

“Who was his coach (in the QMJHL?)” Nikolaev told Champion.at. “Patrick Roy, who now coaches Colorado. So, Roy phoned (Radulov) and says that he is waiting for the next season. Yes, (Radulov) can leave after next season.” Read more

Anton Slepyshev wants to leave KHL to join Edmonton Oilers

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Anton Slepyshev (via KHL/YouTube)

The Edmonton Oilers are going to have at least one first-overall selection in their lineup next season in Connor McDavid, but they could have another, as 2011 KHL first-overall pick Anton Slepyshev has told Salavat Yuleav Ufa GM’s Leonid Vaisfeld he wishes to play in North America next season.

According to Igor Eronko of Sports.ru, Slepyshev informed Vaisfeld of his interest in playing for the Oilers in 2015-16. Vaisfeld said Salavat Yulaev, who lost in the first round of the KHL post-season, would like to keep Slepyshev for at least one more season and that the club has made him a contract offer. Read more

Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek drafted seventh overall in KHL

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Petr Mrazek (Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings drafted netminder Petr Mrazek in the fifth round, 141st overall, of the 2010 draft. Less than five years later and Mrazek’s draft stock has risen significantly – at least in the KHL.

In Sunday’s first round of the 2015 KHL draft, Mrazek, who met the criteria for the draft by virtue of being under the age of 24 and not having his rights owned by any club in the league, was selected seventh overall by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. However, after a season in which he may have possibly pushed fellow goaltender Jimmy Howard out of the Detroit net for the number one job, it’s probably safe to put his chances of heading to Russia next season at about zero percent. Read more

Report: Vladimir Sobotka “should” stay in KHL next season

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Vladimir Sobotka (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues fans who were hoping to see Vladimir Sobotka back in the NHL next season might be disappointed by the latest news.

According to a report from Fedor Fedin, Avangard Omsk president Vladimir Shalaev said the 27-year-old center “should” be staying in the KHL next season with his club. Last season with Omsk, Sobotka scored 10 goals and 38 points in 53 games, all the while playing top-line minutes. Read more

Russians should play back home until they’re 28: Slava Fetisov

Vladimir Tarasenko (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Relations between Russia and North America are a little frosty right now. Discipline is expected from the IIHF after the Russians took off during the Canadian national anthem at the World Championship, while the newest issue of Harper’s magazine reveals that 81 percent of Russians today have a negative view of the United States, compared with just 25 percent in 2013.

And now a hockey legend has waded into the fray.

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Burmistrov set for NHL return, while Lindstrom jets for KHL

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Alexander Burmistrov

After two seasons in the KHL, Alexander Burmistrov is heading back to the NHL.

Burmistrov, 23, spent the past two seasons with the KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan, but his contract expired at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Last off-season, in an interview with Prosports.ru, Burmistrov said he would, “almost certainly,” end up back in the NHL, with his hope being he would land in an organization that would give him playing time.

With a change in coaching in Winnipeg — the team that owns the rights to the 23-year-old restricted free agent — it’s possible this opens the door for Burmistrov’s return to Winnipeg. If not, he becomes an interesting trade chip for the Jets that other teams will certainly be calling about. Read more

KHL standout Artemi Panarin to sign with Blackhawks, but it’s NHL or bust

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Artemi Panarin (via KHL/YouTube)

The Blackhawks have yet to make it official, but reports have surfaced that one of the most sought after KHL free agents is on the verge of inking a deal with Chicago. If he fails to make the Blackhawks, though, he’ll be heading right back to Russia.

According to Igor Eronko, a vice-president with SKA St. Petersburg, Panarin’s KHL club, confirmed that the 23-year-old winger has signed a deal that has an out-clause: if Panarin isn’t on Chicago’s roster next season, he is free to return to St. Petersburg. Read more