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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.
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On Thursday, Nikolai Aleksandrovich Antropov signed a four-year $16 million deal with the Atlanta Thrashers after being rented by the New York Rangers on the trade deadline. The 29-year-old native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan had spent his entire career with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded away by newly appointed GM Brain Burke who publicly stated the 6’6 winger was on his way out.
In 527 NHL games Big Nik has 132 goals, 172 assists for a total of 304 points not to mention 483 penalty minutes. He is a +53 for his career. Antropov’s fate was pretty much set when Rangers GM Glen Sather stated that his chance of returning to the blueshirts was a snowball’s chance in hell as his asking price was deemed too high.
Antropov joins Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov as the latest Russian speaking player to don a Thrashers uniform. It is understood that Kovalchuk was very vocal about obtaining Antropov as the two played together with Ak Bars Kazan during the lockout in 2005.
On Thursday, Sergei Fedorov notified the Washington Capitals that he chosen to sign with KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk for two years. Fedorov claims he opted to go with Magnitogorsk to honor his father’s life-long wish of seeing his sons (Fedor already plays there) on the same team.
Fedorov will receive $3.8 million per season and now joins the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Alexei Yashin as former stars in the KHL. Fedorov originally defected from Russia to join the NHL and his switchover is somewhat fitting. He leaves the NHL, possibly for good, with 3 Stanley Cup rings, a Selke, Pearson, Hart, and Kharlamov awards.
He also leaves as the most prolific Russian-born player in NHL history with 483 goals, 649 assists for 1,179 points. The next active player that comes close with points is Slava Kozlov with 827. Hopefully Fedorov will get one last nod by the national team for the 2010 Olympics as he was included in the 2008 Mens World Team.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk is the team which Evgeni Malkin left when he defected to the NHL.