Yaroslavl lets Suglobov and Kryukov go, but keeps Nepryaev
NOV.12 -- Hours before the trading deadline expired Lokomotiv Yaroslavl management finally decided to give some of its disgruntled youngsters a chance to play elsewhere. Alex Suglobov (NJ) and Artyom Kryukov (BUF) have been loaned until the end of the season to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Sibir Novosibirsk respectively.

Chance to get significant Superleague ice-time comes in handy for both, but especially for Kryukov. Since the beginning of the season Artyom didn't play a game for Lokomotiv and spent a lot of time in the press box. He played just a few games with Loko's farm side, barely enough to keep him in a sound game shape. In Sibir he'll finally get a chance to be a regular in RSL. Kryukov is almost sure to dress every nigh due to a 3+2 formula. Sibir's head coach Vladimir Golubovich thinks he may count on a pretty good junior unit with Kryukov in center, Alexei Mikhnov on the left and down the right Alex Golts or Anton Kurianov (loaned from Avangard).

Kryukov gets a chance to play with a pair breaking through linemates, as Mikhnov (fourth in team scoring with 6 pts) and Golts (1g,2a in 7gp) performed admirably thus far.

Expectations are high for Suglobov in Nizhnekamsk. Since the beginning of the season Neftekhimik had very little input from its young crop of players. Forwards Alexander Bobkin and Evgeny Muratov (EDM) and rearguards Krill Stepanov and Alexei Petrov (both '03 NHL DRAFT) performed well for Vladimir Krikunov's aging side, but there was no other youngsters available to step up into action. Coaching stuff hopes that Alexander will step in and provide solid effort in both ends of ice. Suglobov will have a larger offensive duty than he did in Yaroslavl and should get significant time on specialties.

Lokomotiv also loaned 2004 NHL ENTRY DRAFT prospect Viktor Alexandrov to High League's Energia Kemerovo.

Washington prospect Ivan Nepryaev stays with Loko, despite the signing of Sergei Nemchinov and reports that he has been offered around the league in recent weeks.


AMUR KHABAROVSK signed Canadian C Chris Wells. Wells played several years in NHL and AHL, but spent the last season in its entirety in ECHL's Wheeling scoring 18 goals and 49 points in 60 games.

AVANGARD OMSK loaned RW Konstantin Baranov (PHI) to Salavat Yulaev until the end of the season.

NEFTEKHIMIK NIZHNEKAMSK Canadian G Tom Draper and Czhec D Patrik Hucko. Nizhnekamsk side also acquired F Alexander Trofimov from SPARTAK MOSCOW.

CSKA MOSCOW acquired the rights of D Alexander Zhurik from SPARTAK. In 19 games with Spartak Belorussian rearguard had one goal and three points.

SEVERSTAL CHEREPOVETS traded F Vladislav Luchkin (CHI) to SKA SAINT-PETERSBURG. Luchkin hasn't played a game for Severstal this season.

For all the transfers see the appropriate section.

-- Max Dostoevsky