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Horak bolts Edmonton for KHL

May 12, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

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A second young Edmonton player has left the organization to sign in Russia.

Roman Horak, the Czech center acquired from the Flames in last year’s Ladislav Smid trade, has signed for Vityaz Podolsk of the KHL, the club announced on Monday.

Horak, 22, was originally a Rangers draftee and dealt to Calgary in 2011. He enjoyed his best NHL season with the Flames in 2011-12, scoring 11 points in 61 games — as a 20-year-old — before scoring seven points in 20 games during the 2012-13 season.

Horak struggled to get in the lineup with Edmonton, however, making just two appearances while spending the majority of his time in AHL Oklahoma City — where he performed quite well. Horak had 21 goals and 48 points in 53 games for the Barons this year.

As mentioned above, Horak wasn’t the only Oiler to leave for the KHL this offseason. Defenseman Anton Belov also departed to sign with SKA St. Petersburg and, shortly after leaving, said part of his reason for going to Russia is that he no longer wanted to play under Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins.

  1. AppealToReason - May 12, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    And Hartakainen left last season.

  2. pjblake2redwings - May 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Oilers are a joke. cant even hold down players. Time to sell the farm to get at least 2 big name players to actually stay in edmonton

    • AppealToReason - May 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      What farm? The Oiler’s haven’t drafted worth a damn outside the first round and they only have like 3 prospects of note in Nurse, Klefbom and … I guess two prospects of note.

  3. elvispocomo - May 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Uh, isn’t that Steve Pinizzotto in the picture?

    • Mike Halford - May 12, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Wow, good eye. It is. This image shows up in a search of Horak, though, which is odd. Maybe it’s a jersey/number thing. Anyway, fixed. Thanks for heads up.

      • elvispocomo - May 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        No worries.

        elvispocomo: proofreading articles for obscure errors (possibly in relation for former Canucks) since the internet.

  4. hockeydon10 - May 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Couldn’t crack the lineup for the Oilers?

    Can’t blame him for going.

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