Two Swedish players have returned to the KHL after a short sojourn in Europe. Former Dynamo Moscow, Lev Prague and Admiral forward Richard Gynge has joined Neftekhimik after a spell in the Swedish league, and defenseman Erik Gustafsson is returning to Avangard on a two-year deal after a brief stint in Switzerland.
Vityaz has fortified its offense and defense with the addition of two Europeans: Czech D-man Jakub Jerabek and Finnish forward Miro Aaltonen. It will be a reunion of sorts, since the pair both featured in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft, when Aaltonen was selected by Vityaz and Jerabek by Lev Poprad which lost the rights to its young prospect after folding in 2012.
Jokerit is another team to welcome a former draftee to the League. The Helsinki men have secured the services of fellow Finn Rasmus Rissanen. The defenseman, a seventh-round pick for Magnitogorsk in 2010, has served much of the intervening years in the AHL with Charlotte, but has enjoyed six NHL outings with the Carolina Hurricanes
Rissanen can discuss old times with two new forwards, both of whom have served time in the AHL. Michael Keränen, a Finn, arrives from Binghamton Senators after more than 100 appearances for Iowa (plus one in the NHL for Minnesota), and he is joined by Canadian center Joey Hishon, who turned out 13 times for Colorado in the NHL in 2014-15 but spent last season honing his skills at San Antonio Rampage.
Four more North Americans signed up for new employers during a flurry of activity on the transfer market. Three of the quartet are Canadian: right winger Greg Scott heads to CSKA after three AHL campaigns with Toronto; his fellow forward Paul Szczechura departs Dinamo Minsk to join Traktor; and defenseman Charles Genoway leaves Spartak for Jokerit. Meanwhile, American D-man Clay Wilson has left HC Sochi and signed a one-year deal at Severstal.