Rumours from Russia: Nikulin rejects Thrashers


A couple small news tidbits from Mother Russia today as the KHL's free-agent season continues:

  1. Former Rangers/Coyotes defenceman, Dmitri Kalinin, who is about to become an unrestricted free agent, has his choice of three KHL teams (Salavat Yulaev, Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg). He will likely end up in Russia if there's no interest from NHL teams (a possibility given the way he played in New York).

  2. Ilya Nikulin, a defenceman from Ak Bars Kazan, has rejected an offer from the Thrashers due to the fact his KHL club offered far more cash (about $2.5-million) than the NHL team. Nikulin was a second-round pick by Atlanta nine years ago and is now one of the top blueliners in Russia.

  3. The Ducks are looking at bringing over Tony Martensson, a draft pick from 2001, to the NHL next season. He was in the KHL this year and led the Swedish Elitserien in scoring in 2007-08. He could potentially be a replacement for Teemu Selanne in the future.

In case you missed it, I've been offering my thoughts on the finals in Russian here. Apparently the series has been pretty popular (I'm afraid I can't read the comments).

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