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Edmonton exodus: Larsen bolts for KHL, third Oiler to do so

May 28, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

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Another day, another Oiler heading to Russia.

This time, it’s defenseman Philip Larsen — the 24-year-old Dane has reportedly inked a one-year agreement with Yugra of the KHL, according to Sports.ru.

Larsen, who came to Edmonton as part of the Shawn Horcoff-to-Dallas trade, appeared in 30 games for the Oilers last season, scoring three goals and 12 points. He was in and out of the lineup repeatedly and spent some time with AHL Oklahoma City prior to parting ways with the club.

As mentioned above, Larsen is just the latest Oiler to bolt for the KHL. The first was Russian Olympic defenseman Anton Belov, who left Edmonton after just one year (and 57 games) to sign with SKA St. Petersburg. Shortly after departing, Belov said part of his reason for returning home was that he no longer wanted to play under Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins.

Not long after, forward Roman Horak — acquired in the Ladislav Smid deal with Calgary — opted to sign with Vityaz Podolsk after making just two appearances with the Oilers, spending the majority of his time in OKC.

 

  1. c9castine - May 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    haha wow. that bad up there, eh?

  2. bucrightoff - May 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Living in Russia > Living in Edmonton

  3. bcsteele - May 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    This just in: Oilers owner relocates team to Russia; will play in KHL

  4. haassauce21 - May 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Haha no one wants to play up there!

  5. pjblake2redwings - May 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Oilers are the joke of the NHL these days. If they want to have a decent season ever they should part ways with one of their big name young players in a trade for an established vet who can lead this team and to maybe bring in big name free agent players since no one wants to play there.

  6. Brian - May 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    None of these three guys were going to be on the NHL team next year. None. Larsen had the best chance, but he was just not that good last year. In the case of Larsen and Horak, it’s actually better for the team that they go over now, because the Oilers can make qualifying offers to them, retain their NHL rights as RFA’s, and in the future if they have a big KHL year and want to try their luck in the NHL again it’ll be either with the Oilers or a team they trade their rights to. The Oilers probably encouraged Horak and Larsen to sign these deals. Belov was a UFA and could’ve signed anywhere in the NHL if he’d waited until July 1, but he’s going to make more money and get more playing time in his home country. Hard to blame him.

    Honestly, you can rip the Oilers organization for a lot of things, but losing three marginal players to the KHL shouldn’t be one of them.

  7. Martin Ericsson - May 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    He’s actually the fourth Oiler to do so – don’t forget Grebeshkov.

    • Brian - May 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Why not? He was pretty forgettable this past season.

  8. canada2014gold - May 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Agreed Brian. Maybe if any of these players were good than an article would be warranted.

  9. djshnooks - May 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    This is exactly why the Sabres rebuild will be much more successful than the Oilers.

    The Sabres won’t lose guys like this, it’s a family atmosphere that they all love…especially now under Ted Nolan.

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