Aug 4, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT
As the Calgary Sun has reported, Clay Wilson is the latest North American player to decide to give the KHL a shot, only his story has one added wrinkle to it. Wilson was still under contract with the Calgary Flames and was set to make $525,000 in 2012-13.
Wilson was a long shot to make the team, although because his contract was one-way, he was still entitled to the same paycheck either way.
Instead, Wilson decided to ink a one-year deal with Donbass Donetsk and the Calgary Flames have terminated his contract.
“He is no longer on our reserve list,” Flames GM Jay Feaster confirmed before adding, “We wish Clay and his family well as he pursues his career.”
Wilson is 29 and has only played in 36 NHL games, but this might not be the last we hear of him. Although their circumstances are far from identical, Mark Giordano‘s NHL career didn’t take off until he decided to spend a year playing for Moscow Dynamo. It’s those kinds of stories that might inspire players like Wilson going forward.
- ‘Could’ve broken his neck,’ says Vigneault of Byfuglien cross check on Miller 7
- Video: Byfuglien gets away with ugly cross check, penalized late in Jets loss to Rangers 22
- Video: Lucic scores late winner, Bruins deal crushing blow to Panthers playoff hopes 7
- Video: Ovi becomes sixth player in history to record six 50-goal seasons 13
- ‘Almost like a game seven tonight’ for Bruins, Panthers 15
- Report: Warrant issued for Deveaux’s arrest following Swedish league attack 47
- How bad are things for the Kings after Monday? 21
- Lightning clinch playoff berth, but did they lose Hedman? 9
- Blackhawks tease good injury news for Kane 8
- Tough times in Tampa: Garrison out 3-4 weeks after ‘pretty dirty’ Abdelkader hit 22