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Edmonton’s Hartikainen signs in KHL

Jun 10, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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Oilers forward Teemu Hartikainen isn’t sticking around in Edmonton to see what new coach Dallas Eakins has to say.

Hartikainen signed a deal with Ufa in the KHL sending him across the ocean after parts of three seasons with the Oilers. The big Finnish forward has played 52 games over that time with six goals and seven assists. The Oilers will continue to hold his rights despite his sudden departure.

Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal points out Hartikainen leaving is a disappointment for the team as he was finding his way in his extensive time in the AHL. He was set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

  1. ray2013 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    To borrow a phrase often used in baseball (one I’ve seen used several times re: Teemu) is that he is a AAAA player; too good for the minors, but not good enough to play in the NHL. They were talking about bringing him up to play as a regular after this great playoff season (in OKC).

    Hope the KHL treats him well.

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