The frantic wheeling-and-dealing on the KHL transfer market has been particularly exciting for the former Toronto Maple Leafs forward, Brandon Kozun. The 26-year-old Canadian had scarcely time to unpack following his move from Jokerit Helsinki to SKA Saint Petersburg when he found out he was heading south to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. His transfer is part of a deal in which the Railwaymen receive Kozun and his fellow forward, Alexander Kadeikin, plus a fee, while SKA gets the rights to sign former Loko attacker Sergei Plotnikov, currently of the Arizona Coyotes, if he decides to come back to Russia.

Meanwhile, Swedish international defenseman Niclas Anderson, formerly of Severstal Cherepovets, has moved to Avtomobilist. This time last year the 28-year-old signed an entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but when NHL experience failed to materialise he opted for a return to the KHL and has signed a one-year contract with the Yekaterinburg men.