It’s been speculated that 2009 7th-round pick Mikhail Pashnin had agreed to a contract with the New York Rangers and would be coming to North America this year to compete for a spot. Even CSKA President Slava Fetisov denounced the deal, thinking Pashnin should have stayed in Russia to work on his game.
Apparently, that isn’t the case anymore. Follow me after the jump to find out why.
According to Laurie Carr of Beyond the Blueshirts’ Twitter, CSKA Moscow has resigned Pashnin to a two-year extension.
It’s a very strange and shocking turn of events. Did something get lost in translation? Although there was never any official release of the signing, Pashnin was pegged as another offseason signing and a possible under-the-radar candidate to make the Rangers back line. Now that he’s apparently re-signed in Moscow, who knows what his future will hold with the Rangers organization.
If all is true, this does leave an additional spot open for prospects Dylan McIlrath, Tomas Kundratek, and Pavel Valentenko to compete for in training camp, which can only be a good thing.
James Wrabel is a contributing staff writer for Blue Line Station. Follow him on Twitter here.