KHL Notes: Yakupov, Tolchinsky, Tryamkin

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While the NHL is on hold as it decides what to do with the rest of the season, the draft and the playoffs, the KHL follows its offseason. May is the major signing period for the Russian league and several interesting players have already moved.

Today, a name very well known to NHL fans was on the move. Nail Yakupov was traded by SKA St. Petersburg in exchange for Pavel Koltygin, Nashville Predators sixth round pick and Philadelphia Flyers prospect rights German Rubtsov. Yakupov has scored ten goals and 20 points in 46 games with SKA this season.

  • Four NHL games could be enough for Carolina Hurricanes forward Sergey Tolchinsky. The 25-year-old signed a new two-year deal with Avangard, leaving CSKA Moscow after two seasons. The undersized striker was a solid offensive player in the Ontario League and the American Hockey League, but failed to make an impact during his short time in Carolina.
  • This may not be the case for Nikita Tryamkin, who could return to the Vancouver Canucks next season. There is, however, a delay in any contract announcements due to the current state of the league and Rick Dhaliwal of TSN reports that the uncertain salary cap situation could make matters worse for the Canucks. Dhaliwal suggests that this pending match could test Tryamkin’s patience as the KHL training camps are scheduled to open in July. The giant defenseman has played 79 games for the Canucks between 2015 and 2017 before returning to Russia in the past three seasons.

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