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It's Offical: Kozlov to the KHL

[According to the following press release posted today on Salavat Yulaev's home page, Viktor Kozlov has just signed a 3-year contract with the KHL team. h/t Sovietsky Sport ]


HC Salavat Yulaev has signed a 3 year contract with forward Viktor Kozlov.

Viktor Nikolaevich Kozlov is a student of the "Lada" hockey school. He was born on February 14, 1975 in Togliatti. He plays a center forward position. In the 1993 NHL draft he was chosen sixth overall in the first round by the San Jose Sharks. On 13 November 1997 he was traded to the Florida Panthers, and on 1 March 2004 to the New Jersey Devils. On 13 September 2006 he signed with the New York Islanders as an unrestricted free agent. His last few years have been with the Washington Capitals.

Viktor Kozlov has played 16 seasons in the NHL, playing in 897 games and accumulating 537 points (198 goals and 339 assists). Last season the 34 year old forward played 67 games, where he garnered 41 points (13+28), which placed him in sixth place among Washington point scorers.

UPDATE (1:00 PM): Our buddy Dmitry Chesnokov is hearing that the deal is worth "around $2m per year."

UPDATE (2:44 PM): Dmitry has a nice interview with Kozlov here.