As the battle for World Championship glory intensifies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, it is business as usual in the hiring-and-firing departments, and four of the League's clubs have fortified their ranks with foreign imports.

Canada's Jonathan Cheechoo is staying in the KHL but has decided to change countries. The 35-year-old former San Jose and Ottawa forward has left Dinamo Minsk and signed a one-year contract with Slovan Bratislava.

Young Belgian prospect Wouter Peeters, formerly of Red Bull Salzburg, is one of several new recruits at Jokerit. The 17-year-old goalie has agreed a two-year deal with the Helsinki club. 

On his way out of Finland is Swedish defenseman Adam Masuhr. The 33-year-old had five seasons at KalPa and another at Karpat, but has switched to the steel city, Cherepovets, having signed a one-year deal to play for Severstal. 

Finnish forward Joonas Kemppainen, whose resume includes 44 appearances, 2 goals and 3 assists in the NHL last season with the Boston Bruins, is on his way to Novosibirsk to strengthen Sibir's offensive lines. The 28-year-old's contract runs for one year.