Kuzmenko may leave SKA for Vancouver

Updated: 09 March 2022

There is a growing interest in SKA forward Andrei Kuzmenko overseas.

According to The Athletic’s journalist Rick Dhaliwal, the demand for the Russian in the NHL is high. Various clubs have contacted Kuzmenko’s agent Dan Milstein. One of those clubs is Vancouver, where another former SKA forward Vasily Podkolzin plays.

Kuzmenko’s contract with the St. Petersburg club expires at the end of the current KHL season on April 30, after which the hockey player becomes a free agent. The 26-year-old player has not been drafted by any NHL club.

Kuzmenko left the Russian national team just before the start of the hockey tournament at the Olympics in Beijing. According to the national team coaches, the player was injured. However, upon his return to Russia, Kuzmenko trained without restrictions and participated in friendly games with SKA.

With 53 (20+33) points in 45 games, Kuzmenko is the second-leading scorer of the current KHL season, trailing only Vadim Shipachev from Dynamo.

Photo: Official SKA website

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Sports journalist, I am writing about hockey and football.