The Mikhail Anisin saga seems to be at an end – and the star of last season’s play-offs looks to be staying with Dynamo Moscow.
Anisin was the leading goalscorer in the play-offs, helping Dynamo to its first trophy since 2005, after moving to the capital from Vityaz Chekhov in January.
But plans to make the move permanent stalled over the summer as the player and the club thrashed out the terms of the contract – with Anisin’s representatives hinting that the 24-year-old might try his luck in North America if a suitable deal could not be done. The situation was complicated by changes in the top management of the Blue-and-Whites, with president Mikhail Tyurin being replaced by Arkady Rotenberg.
Happily, however, Sovietsky Sport reported that an agreement had been reached between Anisin and Rotenberg, and the player is expected to join the team at a training camp in Pinsk, Belarus, this weekend.
And with the man himself admitting that he had missed being part of the squad, all sides were keen to smooth over the protracted negotiations. Tyurin, who remained party to the talks despite stepping down as president, told the newspaper that the scandal was “fabricated” and confirmed that the agreed contract was in line with the club’s planned expenditure. “Despite the changed circumstances, Dynamo will not enter into a contract ‘arms race’,” he said.
And the player’s father, three-time world champion Vyacheslav Anisin, described the outcome as “the right resolution” after Mikhail put pen to paper on a two-year deal.
Among the other confirmed transfers this week, double Gagarin Cup winner Alexei Badyukov is on the move having signed a one-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg. Badyukov was with Ak Bars Kazan for the triumphant 2009 and 2010 seasons, before going to CSKA Moscow.
Newcomer Donbass Donetsk has signed Czech forward Lukas Kaspar from Barys Astana. Kaspar spent two seasons in Kazakhstan, scoring 74 (36+38) points in 103 regular season matches.
Atlant Moscow Region added forward Alexei Mikhnov to the roster, signing him from Metallurg Magnitogorsk on a two-year deal. Metallurg has signed Cal O’Reilly from NHL outfit Pittsburgh Penguins to replace Mikhnov.
Meanwhile Vityaz Chekhov has added 27-yer-old American forward Josh Hennessy to the ranks. Hennessy emerged through Boston Bruins organization, but made just three appearances for the senior team.
And Avangard Omsk is keeping it in the family following the arrival of Viktor Perezhogin from MHL side Amursky Tigry. Viktor’s big brother Alexander was one of the stars of Avangard’s play-off campaign, and went to the World Championship with Russia this summer.