Friday was a busy day on the KHL transfer market, with well over a dozen players choosing a change of club.
No fewer than eight of those who found new employers were snapped up by Lokomotiv, and all in exchange for financial compensation. Returning to the Railwaymen are 22-year-old forward Alexander Mokshantsev, after two seasons with Lada Togliatti, and 19-year-old defenseman Dmitry Yushkevich – son of Dmitry snr, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist, NHL All-Star, and a current Loko coach – from a spell with Severstal. Joining them are six more players from the VHL: forwards Ivan Petrakov (born: 1994), Andrei Chvanchikov (1996), Alexei Kulagin (1994) and Alexander Lebedev (1994) plus defensemen Alexei Turchаninov (1996) and Roman Khisamutdinov (1996).
Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Torpedo have agreed an exchange of defensemen. Dmitry Shulenin moves to Magnitogorsk while his fellow 21-year-old, Pavel Medvedev, who had only signed for “Magnitka” from Amur the day before, travels onward to Nizhny Novgorod.
HC Sochi have signed 22-year-old defenseman Ilya Khokhlov from Severstal in exchange for financial compensation.
CSKA welcome back a former player, 22-year-old defenseman Dmitry Ogurtsov, who had spent the previous two seasons with Neftekhimik. In exchange, the Nizhnekamsk men receive the rights to 28-year-old forward Simon Hjalmarsson, who won World Championship gold with Sweden in 2013.
Amur has signed a one-year deal with 22-year-old forward Semyon Babintsev, who spent three seasons (2012-15) with Mississauga Steelheads in the Ontario Hockey League. He made 8 appearances for HC Sochi last year before spending the rest of the 2016-17 campaign in the Czech Republic.
Avtomobilist has signed experienced defenseman Denis Bodrov, a free agent after his contract with Salavat Yulaev expired. The 30-year-old, who has played in every season of the KHL, has agreed a 3-year-deal with the Yekaterinburg club.
Finally, Sibir has recruited 20-year-old forward Evgeny Novosyolov, a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Yuzhny Ural of the VHL.