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Ponikarovsky jumps to KHL, signs two-year deal with SKA

Aug 5, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

Alexei Ponikarovsky AP

Ilya Kovalchuk will have familiar company joining him in Russia.

Igor Eronko reports Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has signed a two-year deal in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg. There he’ll team up with Kovalchuk and aim to win the Gagarin Cup to make up for the Stanley Cup they couldn’t win in 2012 with New Jersey.

Since being traded by Toronto in the 2009-10 season, Ponikarovsky’s career has seen him bounce to five different teams (Pittsburgh, Carolina, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Winnipeg) and two different tours with the Devils. In those three seasons he’s scored a total of 25 goals, the kinds of numbers he used to put up in a single season with the Leafs.

Now that he’s off to Russia, it gives him a chance to find a spark in his game yet again. After hopping from team to team here, this move may actually be for the best.

  1. kingsforever - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Always a player that you thought was capable of more

  2. withseidelinn - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Antropov next?

  3. lateralous - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I was sorry to see him leave the Devils after the 2012 playoffs, this year not so much.

  4. thesportsjudge - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I always liked saying this guys last name. Don’t know why, it is just fun.

    Yes, simple things for simple minds.

    • flydommo - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      They call it a love of sound, you seem to be an artist rather than a simpleton.

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