Saturday, January 8, 2011

Petr Prucha to KHL?

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Earlier this week when it was announced that Petr Prucha was put on re-entry waivers by the Phoenix Coyotes I looked at whether it made sense for him to come back here as a low-risk gamble.  It turns out the team did not think so and neither did any other NHL team as Prucha cleared re-entry waivers.  When he cleared the Coyotes left him in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage. 

Now according to both Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy and Laurie Carr of Beyond the Blueshirts there are reports out that Prucha is negotiating with SKA St. Petersburg.  If you speak Czech the original source of the story is an story which has SKA coach Vaclav Sykora suggesting the linkage.

For many fans of Prucha’s this is distressing news to see that he is not getting another chance in the NHL to try and regain the form he had his first few seasons.  There is obviously a level of hockey skill remaining in Prucha as while he has struggled at the NHL level this season he does have 8 goals and 12 assists in just 18 games in the AHL.  A move to the KHL could signal the end of Prucha’s time in the NHL or it could allow him to show at another professional level that the skill is still there and get him another chance in the NHL down the line.  Either way I want to wish Prucha the best for the energy and effort he plays the game with makes all those that watch him hope for his success.