Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin is set to join Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL, according to the team website.
News of the signing was confirmed by Atlant head coach Alexander Smirnov, who said Tyutin would be joining the club “in the nearest future.”
Tyutin, 29, has spent the last four seasons in Columbus since being acquired from the Rangers in 2008.
He signed a whopping six-year, $27 million extension with the BJs in 2011…and, in the kind of luck seemingly only experienced by Columbus players, suffered a broken hand that cost him the final 16 games of the regular season.
Prior to that injury, Tyutin had only missed four games over the last four seasons combined.
Once the deal with Atlant is finalized, Tyutin will become the fifth Blue Jacket to sign with another club during the lockout, joining goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (St. Petersburg, KHL), defenseman Nikita Nikitin (Omsk Avangard, KHL) and forwards Artem Anisimov (Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, KHL) and Brandon Dubinsky (Alaska Aces, ECHL).
In Atlant, Tyutin will be joined by Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin and, ironically enough, the guy he was traded for back in 2008 — Nikolai Zherdev.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
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