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Gilbert Brule

Brule signs one-year deal with Coyotes… and KHL?

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The good news for 2005 sixth overall pick Gilbert Brule is that he’s going to play professional hockey this season. The only question now is: Where?

The Phoenix Coyotes announced they signed Brule to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday. While that would normally clear the path for him to either play in Arizona or in the AHL with the Portland Pirates, there’s an apparent conflict.

KHL franchise Metallurg Magnitogorsk announced five days ago that they, too, had signed Brule. If it’s true that Brule committed to Metallurg first and they wish to keep him, he would likely have to play there as there’s generally a mutual respect for each league’s contracts.

Of course, this could just all be one huge clerical error and he will wind up in Phoenix in no time. The last time he was in the NHL, he suited up for the Coyotes during the 2011-12 season scoring five goals with 14 points in 33 games.

Brule has been playing in the AHL with Portland this season. He spent last year in the Swiss league playing just 12 games for Zurich.

Malkin can’t wait to score his first KHL goal

Evgeni Malkin

If this site were called KHL Talk, it’s possible we might go overboard in talking about Evgeni Malkin’s slow start for Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Instead, we’ll look on curiously from afar.

Malkin tells rsport.ru that the excitement of playing at home has him eager to pot his first goal of the season.

“It’s not worth panicking. I haven’t got into my good form yet,” Malkin said. “The goals will come, the main thing is not to get worried.”

Malkin says he’s playing at about 70 percent right now. Getting in shape for the NHL season is one thing, dropping everything to get to Russia thanks to a lockout is something else entirely.

Keep in mind that while the KHL season is already underway, NHL training camps would be just starting this week with the first preseason game dropping the puck tonight if it wasn’t for that pesky work stoppage.

For Malkin, he’s getting his preseason rust out in actual games. Wonder what the Penguins’ staff would think about doing that under normal conditions.

Report: Evgeni Malkin to play in KHL if there’s a long lockout

Evgeni Malkin

With a lockout on the horizon, some players are starting to make escape plans should the season wind up in jeopardy.

Reigning NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin is one of those players as reports out of Russia, as shared by Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, say he will return to the KHL if a work stoppage interferes with the NHL season.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gets the low-down from Malkin’s agent about what’s going on with Malkin.

J.P. Barry, who is Malkin’s agent, confirmed that Malkin has spoken with teams in Moscow and Magnitogorsk about a week-to-week agreement that would allow him to play during a lockout, if there is one, but that nothing has been finalized.

The initial report said Malkin would play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the same team Malkin left to come to the NHL. They’re also the team that sued the NHL to have him come back.

This report comes on the heels of Dynamo Moscow debating whether or not they want to have Alex Ovechkin join them during a possible lockout.

Report: Mats Zuccarello bolts Rangers for two-year KHL contract

Mats Zuccarello

The New York Rangers didn’t have to wait long to see their roster turn over after being eliminated.

According to IIHF Communications Director Szymon Szemberg, forward Mats Zuccarello signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. The Metallurg site confirms the signing (link in Russian) and for the Rangers that instantly eliminates one of their better offensive depth players.

Zuccarello was called up late in the season and provided New York with an offensive spark when they needed it but after breaking his wrist, he didn’t see the ice again. Zuccarello was healthy enough to play for the Rangers in the previous two games, but couldn’t crack the lineup even with the team in search of more goals against New Jersey.

Zuccarello had two goals and an assist in 10 NHL games this season and leaves the NHL with one of the better nicknames (“The Hobbit”) we’ve seen in a long time. Good luck in Rivendell, I mean Russia, Mats.

Update (11:00 a.m. ET): Zuccarello’s agent tells Knut Arne Hansen that no deal has been signed yet, but Zuccarello has offers from Russia to play. (VGNett – Norwegian)

Update (12:25 p.m. ET): Zuccarello tweets saying there’s a lot of rumors but he doesn’t know where he’s playing next year.