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Report: Islanders trying to bring prospect Petrov back from KHL

Jun 16, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders are reportedly trying to bring prospect Kirill Petrov back from the KHL, by offering him a guaranteed roster spot.

Petrov’s agent Alexander Tyzhnykh told Russian-based R-Sport that the Islanders are looking to Petrov back to the NHL when his contract with Kazan Ak-Bars expires a year from now.

“We are in close contact with them and they are expecting Petrov,” Tyzhnykh told R-Sport.

“And they are not just expecting him, but they are ready to guarantee him a place in the roster now.

“His contract with Ak Bars is valid for one more year and he has to work it out…We’ll see what will happen afterwards. Petrov is turning into a leader of the Kazan team, so let’s not jump too far ahead.”

Petrov is a third-round selection of the Islanders from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Petrov scored 12 goals and had 20 points in 47 regular season games with Kazan. He then put up five points in 18 playoff games.

  1. jimeejohnson - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Throw in free NY pizza, Long Island potatoes, and a free E-Z pass for the Long Island Expressway and he’ll sign.

  2. tjvalley - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    If this happens, the islanders will be very dangerous up front.

    • jl9830 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      They are already very dangerous up front.

    • withseidelinn - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      I don’t think I guy putting up 20 points in 47 games in the KHL necessarily translates to “danger” in the NHL. Just my opinion though…..

  3. beavisandbutthead2000 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    uhhh since when was Long Island known for its potatoes? huh huhuhuh huh

  4. beaver15 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Something about guaranteeing a roster spot to a player, IMO, wouldn’t sit well with players who bust their @$$e$ to earn a roster spot.

  5. bcisleman - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Kirill’s homeboy Burmistrov wants out of the Peg. If Isles work a trade for him, it might just seal the deal.

  6. kvashasux - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    This is about ticket sales in Brooklyn as much as bringing in talent. There’s a big Russian population in Brooklyn. I would not be surprised if they traded for Burmistrov, although I would not give up Okposo for him, which is what was rumored at the trade deadline. If this story is true, then the Isles moving to Brooklyn a year early is set in stone.

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