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Former Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Calgary Flames forward Linden Vey (1991) has departed Barys Astana and agreed a two-year contract with CSKA. The 26-year-old Canadian was the Astana team's top assistant last season, providing the passes for 35 goals.
In a flurry of activity, the Moscow Army Men also enlisted two players from Sibir, in exchange for financial compensation: defenseman Kirill Vorobyov (1995), and forward Vyacheslav Osnovin (1994), but the latter was immediately traded to Salavat Yulaev, along with fellow defenseman Artyom Sergeyev (1993), with the Muscovites receiving the rights to Ufa forward Anton Slepyshev (1994) in exchange. CSKA also paid a transfer fee to Torpedo for defenseman Dmitry Shulenin (1995).
Forward Sergei Kostitsyn (1987) has returned to Dinamo Minsk on a two-year contract following a spell at Torpedo.
After a decade with Sibir, forward Stepan Sannikov (1990) has signed a three-year contract with Lokomotiv.
The Yaroslavl club has also welcomed back three Prodigal Sons: from Neftekhimik, forward Emil Galimov (1992), and from Lada, goaltender Anton Krasotkin (1997) and forward Kirill Kapustin (1993), with the Nizhnekamsk and Togliatti clubs receiving financial compensation in exchange,
Spartak has agreed a two-year contract with forward Kaspars Daugavins (1988), recently of Torpedo, and given one-year deals to three players currently on World Championship duty: Slovakia goaltender Julius Hudacek (1988), who spent last season with Severstal; Czech Republic forward Robin Hanzl (1989), who spent the 2017-18 campaign with Neftekhimik; and Latvia forward Martins Karsums (1986), who spent the previous five seasons with the Red-and-Whites' crosstown rival, Dynamo.
After three seasons at Salavat Yulaev, defenseman Alexander Loginov (1987) has signed up for Sibir on a two-year deal.
Avtomobilist has signed French forward Stephane Da Costa (1989), formerly of the Ottawa Senators and CSKA, on a one-year deal, and agreed two-year deals with ex-Sochi defenseman Mikhail Mamkin (1990) and his fellow D-man Ivan Vishnevsky (1988), who spent the previous campaign at Traktor. Joining them in Yekaterinburg on a two-way, one-year contract is forward Vyacheslav Litovchenko (1990), who was part of Amur's successful charge toward the 2017-18 playoffs,
Vityaz has recruited forward Nikita Komarov (1988), most recently with Dynamo Moscow, plus ex-Severstal defenseman Alexander Yevseyenkov (1985), and another ex-Cherepovets man, forward Evgeny Mons (1989). All three players have signed two-year contracts with the Moscow Region club.
Dynamo Moscow has signed ex-Dinamo Riga forward Miks Indrasis (1990), currently leading the Latvian national team's offense at the World Championships, on a two-year contract, and agreed a one-year deal with forward Miiko Koivisto (1990), who is at the Worlds in the colors of Finland.
Belarusian forward Sergei Kostitsyn (1987) has returned to Dinamo Minsk on a one-year contract following a season at Torpedo.
Traktor has agreed to pay financial compensation to Kunlun Red Star to bring defenseman Nikita Khlystov (1993) back to Chelyabinsk after a two-year absence.
Kunlun Red Star, in turn, has agreed a one-year contract with Finland international forward Veli-Matti Savinainen, (1986), recently of Ugra.
Finally, HC Sochi has agreed a one-year contract with Swedish forward Robert Rosen (1987).