For the second time in a decade Denis Grebeshkov has left the NHL for the motherland signing a two-year contract with the KHL’s SKA St.Petersburg. While the terms have not been released, it appears it is more than $3.15 million he made last year with the Nashville Predators. You may recall Grebeshkov first left the NHL and the New York Islanders in 2006-2007 opting to play for his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the now defunct Russian Super League.
He returns to Russia and joins the likes of Evgeni Nabokov who signed with SKA earlier this month alongside former NHL’ers Sergei Brylin, Alexei Yashin, and Sergei Zubov. It appears Alexander Medvedev continues his quest to lure every single Russian NHLer back to Russia with reports that he is still not over losing Kovalchuk.
With Grebeshkov, SKA adds a solid blue-liner who has recorded just 84 points in 227 NHL games he will compliment Zubov quite well in my opinion and should give Nabokov less to worry about in their debut campaigns. The 26-year-old also played with the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. At such a young age he will likely return when the money is right.