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Belov bolts Edmonton, signs in KHL

Apr 16, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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The Anton Belov era in Edmonton is over.

Belov, who appeared in 57 games for the Oilers last season — his first with the club — has signed with KHL SKA St. Petersburg, the club announced on Wednesday. While the move isn’t groundbreaking, the timing is curious as it came just four days after Belov played 12:05 in Edmonton’s season-ending win over Vancouver.

The 27-year-old Russian d-man joined the Oilers this year after spending all of his previous professional career in Russia, primarily with Avangard Omsk. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder impressed NHL scouts while representing Team Russia at the 2013 World Hockey Championships, finishing with four points in eight games and a plus-8 rating and was believed to be pursued by a number of clubs,  including the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Belov scored one goal and seven points for the Oilers this season, missing 11 games with an oblique injury.

In addition to playing for Edmonton, Belov also suited up for Russia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi this past February. He appeared in all five of Russia’s games, scoring one goal while averaging just over 13 minutes per contest.

  1. areaman714 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    He was never really beloved anyway . . .

  2. storminator16 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    What so curious about the timing? He signed a one year contract to play for Edmonton, didn’t have a great experience, KHL training camp starts in 4 months. Just tells me his agent was talking to Ska for awhile now. That’s all.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      I don’t even think Edmonton’s done conducting exit interviews yet.

      • barkar942 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        There is no one left to interview. They all scurried out the door to go play golf and video games. They are tired of answering all of the same questions about what happened again this year over and over.

      • storminator16 - Apr 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        I’m not comparing sports to Joe Blow contractor, but contracts are just that. He feels he is done and is moving on. He doesn’t owe his now former employer anything.

  3. kaptaanamerica - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    I’m sure there are plenty of other players who’d rather play in Russia than for Edmonton

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    i not unnerstan

    edmonton has the tar sands and refinery row … st. petersburg has the highest concentration of lead mining slag lapping its beautiful shores

    edmonton has a railroad dissecting a city with stunningly ordinary architecture that still puts raw sewage into the north saskatchewan … st. petersburg has beautiful classical architecture and is considered to be europe’s cultural capital

    edmonton has a winter that makes its citizenry envy zee gulak … st. petersburg is rainy and foggy nine moths a year making its citizenry yearn for disneyworld

    edmonton has klondike days and a bronze statue of wayne gretzky and a rusting yet delightfully canted sign declaring it to be the city of champions … st. petersburg has the ballet, the hermitage and opera

    edmonton has beautiful women … st. petersburg has spectacularly beautiful women wrapped coyly in lush furs with long naked coltish legs enticingly drawing the eye to to tooooo ooooh ooooooooooh yurrrri you bhat bhouy

    now i unnerstan

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