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Soshnikov on Leafs: ‘there’s a good chance to make the roster’

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The newest member of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization is confident he’ll have a shot at the big club next season.

The Leafs signed free agent Nikita Soshnikov to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday.

The 21-year-old had 14 goals and 32 points in 57 games with Moscow Oblast Atlant of the KHL this season.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward believes with the Leafs going through a rebuild, he could crack the NHL club’s roster.

PHT Morning Skate: Matt Martin has fun with an unsuspecting fan

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After running into a fan wearing his jersey at the mall and snapping a picture on an escalator, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin met the fan and signed his jersey following New York’s 3-2 win Thursday. (Yahoo)

Rich Peverley returned to the ice for the first time in 11 months this week in a coaching role with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The Dallas Stars forward has been unable to play since collapsing during a game in March 2014. (Sports Illustrated)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $35,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $3,000. Starts Friday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Thirteen months after playing in his last NHL game, former Canucks’ defenseman Andrew Alberts is still recovering from a concussion. (Sportsnet)

Here’s a look at the Top 10 plays of the week from the KHL:

The Vancouver Canucks are being sued by a fan over an alleged confetti incident. (TSN)

Dallas Stars’ forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn prank their mothers for Valentine’s Day:

In the NHL these days players are being warned, fined and publicly shamed for diving/embellishment. Former Anaheim Ducks’ forward Dan Sexton, who now plays in the KHL, put on a good display of embellishment during a recent game. (Puck Daddy)

PHT Morning Skate: Wolski shows off nice hands in shootout goal

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Wojtek Wolsk, who now plays for Torpedo Nizhny Novgoro in the KHL, showed off his soft hands during the shooutout in a recent game against HC Dynamo Moscow.

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Monday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Monday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

NHL Winter Classic: Setting up rinks a shared passion for father and son (The Washington Post)

Kings’ defenseman Alec Martinez admits contract talks are in the back of his mind (L.A. Kings Insider)

Did the Devils contact Adam Oates without permission? NHL and Capitals consider case closed (The Bergen Record)

Sharks’ Nieto set for return after missing 9 games (CSN Bay Area)

Travis Green and Mike Stothers named coaches for AHL All-Star Classic (The AHL)

Curtis Lazar and Connor McDavid: Junior hockey’s odd couple (Toronto Star)

What can the NHL do to get more fans? (The Hockey News)

Canadian gold-medal Olympic men’s hockey team named CP Team of the Year (The Canadian Press)

Report: Kontiola joins KHL club Lokomotiv

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After spending roughly $500,000 to buy himself out of his contract in the KHL during the summer, forward Petri Kontiola is headed back to the Russian league according to a report.

Kontiola signed a one-year $1.1 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer.

However, Kontiola struggled at Leafs camp and was sent to the American Hockey League.

“We felt that he had a good start to camp,” said Leafs coach Randy Carlyle at the time of Kontiola’s assignment. “But once the pace of the camp, and the exhibition games got up there, that he wasn’t up to speed.”

While with the AHL’s Marlies, Kontiola joked, “I’ve got to make that money at some point” when asked if he had any regrets buying himself out of his KHL deal.

Kontiola, 30, was held pointless in 11 AHL games to go along with a minus-4 rating.

Last week the native of Seinajoki, Finland was placed on waivers by the Leafs with the purpose of terminating his contract.

Originally a Chicago Blackhawks seventh-round pick (196th overall) in 2004, Kontiola has appeared in 12 career NHL games all with the Blackhawks registering five assists.

Report: Flyers have not made an offer to Whitney

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According to CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio, the Philadelphia Flyers have not made an offer to Ryan Whitney.

Speculation of the Flyers’ interest in Whitney arose Saturday when Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Philadelphia had reached out to the defenseman.

Whitney is under contract with the KHL’s HC Sochi, but his deal includes an out clause according to Seravalli.

In 481 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers, the 31-year-old has 50 goals and 259 points.