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Oilers sign KHL standout d-man Belov

May 30, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT


The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with KHL Omsk defenseman Anton Belov, the club announced on Thursday.

Belov, 26, has spent the last five seasons with Omsk, scoring a career-high 26 points in 46 games last season.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound blueliner recently he represented Team Russia at the 2013 World Hockey Championships, finishing with four points in eight games and a plus-8 rating.

Belov was believed to be pursued by a number of NHL clubs recently, as Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports the Pittsburgh Penguins were also in the running.

With Omsk, Belov served as an alternate captain (to former Los Angeles King Alexander Frolov) and played with a number of NHLers during the lockout, including Sergei Kostitsyn and Nikita Nikitin.

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  1. 19to77 - May 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Wow. Good numbers. If they draft Nurse or Ristolainen their defense will look quite a bit better in the next couple years.

    • lordfletcher - May 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      can their D get any worse?

      No matter what, with Hall the Oil will go nowhere.

      • ray2013 - May 31, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        I’m no Oiler fan, but I’ve seen Hall play enough to know he’s going to be a top player for years to come.

        Is there a Wild player that would be untouchable if they had a chance to get Hall? ZP or Suter maybe. But everyone else would be available at MacT’s request for a chance to make Hall a Wildling.

  2. JoeAvg - May 30, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    When is this team gonna break out?

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