Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:Last summer, Kirill Petrov signed a two-year deal to snub the Islanders and stay in the KHL. Now 23-years old, the story of the 2008 draft pick continues to drag on.
According to the Russian sports outlet R-Sport, the Islanders have offered Petrov a guaranteed roster spot after his contract expires next summer in hopes of luring him to the States, and in time for him to be a part of the 2014-15 Islanders team. Here’s what his agent said to R-Sport:
“We are in close contact with them and they are expecting Petrov,” Tyzhnykh said of the Islanders. “And they are not just expecting him, but they are ready to guarantee him a place in the roster now.”
“His contract with Ak Bars is valid for one more year and he has to work it out,” said the agent. “We’ll see what will happen afterwards. Petrov is turning into a leader of the Kazan team, so let’s not jump too far ahead.”
Petrov has 49 points in 99 games over the last two KHL seasons with [admiral] Ak Bars. That was enough to get him the call for the World Championships in May, the same tournament where Nino Niederreiter helped lead the Swiss to the silver medal.