Jets’ Wright, Hurricanes’ Palushaj sign with KHL club

KHL outfit Medvescak Zagreb has brought aboard two more former NHLers, signing forwards James Wright (formerly of Winnipeg) and Aaron Palushaj (formerly of Carolina) to new deals.

Wright, 24, is the more vested of the two, having appeared in nearly 150 NHL contests with the Jets and Lightning. The former WHL Vancouver standout appeared in a career-high 59 games for Winnipeg last year but went unsigned this summer.

Palushaj, 25, has appeared in 68 career NHL contests with the Hurricanes, Canadiens and Avalanche. He’s had a couple of decent big-league stints — including one where he scored nine points in 25 games for Colorado during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign — but, like Wright, failed to catch on with a NHL club this summer and will now take his talents to the Russian league (though he’ll actually be playing in Croatia, where Medvescak is based out of.)

In Zagreb, Wright and Palushaj will join the likes of former NHLers Barry Brust, Bill Thomas, Anthony Stewart, Andrew Murray, Shaone Morrisonn, Andrew Hutchinson and Mathieu Carle.

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