Corey Larose signs with Ak Bars
The Chicago Wolves' Corey Larose
Former Hartford Wolf Pack/New York Rangers forward Corey Larose, currently playing in the AHL Calder Cup semi-finals for the Chicago Wolves, has signed a contract to play with Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Super League, according to Sport Express and the Ak Bars Kazan web site.
Larose, 32, racked up 83 points (22g, 61a) in 63 regular season games for the Wolves this season, while so far adding another 7 points (3g, 4a) in 12 games during the playoffs. Larose amassed 57 points in 109 games (playoffs and regular season combined) in two seasons for the Hartford Wolf Pack ('02-'04), appearing in 7 games with the New York Rangers during the '03-'04 season.
Larose isn't the first AHL player to sign with a Russian team while his current team was still involved in the Calder Cup playoffs; Hartford Wolf Pack goaltender Steve Valiquette, for one, did the same in 2005.
Ak Bars Kazan has already lost 9 players from this past season's team, including goaltender Alexander Eremenko, defensemen Vitaly Proshkin, Igor Shadilov, Gennady Razin, and Jan Novak, and forwards Alexei Tereshenko, Vladimir Vorobiev, and Alexei Badyukov.
Sergei Zinovjev (#42)
Listed among the re-signed players on the Ak Bars web site is forward Sergei Zinovjev, the 4th-leading scorer in the RSL last season, although two recent Boston Globe items say that the Boston Bruins are both actively pursuing Zinovjev (and his Russian agent) in hopes of bringing Zinovjev back to North America, as well as looking to trade Zinovjev to the Washington Capitals.