According to a report out of Finland, goaltender Jussi Rynnas will sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Rynnas spent much of the 2014-15 season with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League posting a 22-6-8 record to go along with a 2.53 G.A.A. and a .920 save percentage.
The 28-year-old also appeared in two games with the Dallas Stars going 0-1-0 with a 4.57 G.A.A. and an .841 save percentage.
Rynnas has one year remaining on his two-year, $1.1 million contract he signed with Dallas last summer.
Blackhawks’ property Anders Nilsson, who is eyeing a return to North America, started a bulk of the games for Ak Bars Kazan during the 2014-15 season.
The New York Islanders are expected to sign forward Kirill Petrov on Monday according to a report out of Russia.
Igor Eronko reports Petrov has agreed on terms of contract termination with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL.
The 25-year-old had five goals and 15 points in 47 KHL games during the 2014-15 season.
The Islanders originally selected Petrov in the third round (73rd overall) at the 2008 NHL Draft.
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Goaltender Anders Nilsson, who left the New York Islanders as a restricted free agent to sign with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, could be headed back to North America.
According to Igor Eronko, Nilsson refused to sign an extension with the KHL club.
The Chicago Blackhawks own Nilsson’s rights after the Islanders dealt him as part of the Nick Leddy trade in October.
In 38 regular season KHL games, Nilsson posted a 20-9-8 record to go along with a 1.71 G.A.A. and a .936 save percentage.
The 25-year-old left the Islanders following the 2013-14 season after New York refused to meet his demands of a one-year contract.
Nilsson was not interested in spending another year in the American Hockey League.
“I have done for three years in the AHL and I do not think it would be good for my development to play a fourth year in the AHL,” Nilsson in April 2014. “That’s what I’ve said to them, since we have not started to go into contract negotiations.”
Nilsson appeared in 23 games for the Islanders over two seasons posting a 9-9-2 record to go along with a 3.05 G.A.A. and a .898 percentage.
According to a report out of Russia the New Jersey Devils have made a contract offer to Sergei Kalinin.
The 24-year-old forward has spent the past six seasons with Omsk Avangard of the KHL.
Kalinin had 12 goals and 13 assists in 58 games this season.
In 213 KHL games all with Avangard, Kalinin has 31 goals and 68 points.
Vladimir Sobotka, a teammate of Kalinin’s, won’t be returning to the NHL this season. There were rumors the 27-year-old was considering a return to North America for next season; however, Avangard’s GM told TASS that Sobotka is “likely” to remain in the KHL.
Sobotka had 10 goals and 38 points in 53 games this season. He added four goals in 10 games for the Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championship.
The Kontinental Hockey League wants to expand to China according to a report by The Associated Press.
The KHL is hoping to use a successful Chinese Winter Olympic bid as a catalyst for expansion.
Beijing is expected land the 2022 Olympics and if successful, “will essentially be forced to develop hockey from nothing,” said KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko per the Tass agency.
Chernyshenko says the league would like to host a regular season game in China next season with adding a Chinese club being a long-term goal for the KHL.
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