It appears Slava Kozlov’s storied NHL career has come to an end as the 38-year-old winger has signed a one-year deal with his former Russian club CSKA Moscow of the KHL. Kozlov’s now former club the Atlanta Thrashers opted not to resign the veteran who had spent the last seven years with the team where he scored 145 of his 356 career goals.
A two-time cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings, Kozlov was part of the Russian five alongside Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov and Viacheslav Fetisov. After 10 seasons with the Wings, Kozlov was traded to Buffalo for Dominik Hasek where he spent one season before signing with the Thrashers. Kozlov should have the opportunity to face the man he was dealt for later this year as the Dominator now plays for the KHL’s Spartak Moscow. He featured on the national team from 1990-1996.
In 1182 career NHL games, Kozlov scored 853 points(356 goals and 497 assists) which is fourth all-time among Russian-born players. He will be reunited with Slava Fetisov who now serves as President of CSKA. Are his numbers worthy to in the Hall of Fame remains to be seen as I wouldn’t be surprised either way when it comes to the nominations.