LATEST | The next Andrei Kuzmenko has been identified

Published April 17, 2023 at 8:46

Last summer, the Vancouver Canucks hit a home run when signing free agent Russian forward Andrei Kuzmenko to a contract. His production was likely better than anyone could have expected, which earned him a two-year contract extension with a modified no-trade clause.

But as the Canucks look to improve their roster for next season, the team could once again turn to Russia for a highly sought-after free agent and one that has some NHL experience, albeit very minimal (four games).

A few days ago, the agent for Vladimir Tkachev announced that his client was not happy with the contract offer from his former KHL club and will be looking to return to North America and play in the National Hockey League.

"We are not satisfied with Avangard Omsk's offer on a new contract for Vladimir Tkachev. Our goal number one, for now, is to sign a contract in the NHL. I started to talk to some NHL clubs already." Tkachev's agent said in a tweet.

In his first season back in the KHL, the Omsk native played for his hometown club, Avangard Omsk, where he put up 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 64 regular season games while adding 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 14 playoff games.

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