Monday, August 8, 2011

Mikhail Pashnin Staying in KHL, Re-Signs With CSKA Moscow

According to Laurie Carr of  Beyond The Blueshirts Mikhail Pashnin has signed a two-year extension with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.  This is somewhat surprising given the certainty of reports a few weeks ago that Pashnin was coming to North America to pursue the NHL, but with reports late last week that he was leaving his options open, the fact he is staying in Russia is not shocking.

While Pashnin had an outside shot to make the Rangers this season, he was likely ticketed for the Connecticut Whale of the AHL.  It is possible that Pashnin used the possibility of coming to North America as a way to leverage CSKA into giving him more money to stay, which is certainly well within his rights.  Now that Pashnin is staying in Russia for two years, unless there is an NHL out clause, it is uncertain what Pashnin’s place in the Rangers organization with other defensive prospects Dylan McIlrath, Pavel Valentenko and Tomas Kundratek as NHL hopefuls in the coming few years.