For most clubs, pre-season preparation is underway in earnest and many rosters are happy that their transfer dealings are largely done. Not at SKA St. Petersburg, however, where head coach Milos Riha admits he’s still in the market for at least one more signing.
The Petersburg team has already added eight names to the roster, from the experience of defenseman Kevin Dallman (pictured) and Gagarin Cup winner Alexei Badyukov to the exciting potential of forward Anton Burdasov. But, reflecting on the pre-season so far, Riha told the official SKA website he’s out for a new finisher.
“We’re clearly lacking a central striker, just as we were last season,” Riha said. “We still want to strengthen, so let’s see what will happen before the season starts.”
Other players have been on the move: Ak Bars Kazan has added to its Finnish contingent by signing 30-year-old forward Janne Lahti from Helsinki’s Jokerit. Lahti was part of the 2011 World Championship winning squad, and signs a one-year deal in Kazan after scoring 148 points in 214 matches in the SM-Liiga over the past four seasons.
Two more players have crossed the Atlantic: Donbass Donetsk has signed high-scoring defenseman Clay Wilson, who opted to leave Calgary Flames’ feeder club Abbortsford Heat in search of a higher level of hockey. The 29-year-old has piled up the points in AHL hockey in recent seasons, notching 151 points in the past three campaigns.
Canadian defenseman Shaone Morrisonn has joined Spartak on a one-year deal. The 29-year-old has 480 NHL appearances on his resume, mostly with the Capitals, but spent last season playing AHL hockey with Rochester Americans.
Spartak has also signed veteran forward Oleg Petrov from Ak Bars. The 41-year-old belied his status as one of the oldest players in the league to make 41 appearances last season, and posted 10 points along the way.
From experience to youth, Nikita Tochitsky has moved from Vityaz to Atlant. The 20-year-old forward made his KHL breakthrough last season, playing regularly for the Chekhov side, and his performances have earned him a move to Mytishchi for the coming campaign.