Sushinsky re-ups with SKA-St. Petersburg
Sport Express reported earlier today that Maxim Sushinsky has re-signed with his hometown SKA-St. Petersburg club for the upcoming '07-'08 season.
Sushinsky, a former Russian national team captain, spent part of one season ('00-'01) in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild. He was considered to be in the running for an NHL job prior to last season, but he elected to stay in Russia with SKA-St. Petersburg instead, where he was by far the team's leading scorer with 44 points (15g, 29a) in 57 games last season.
A couple of recent Russian reports (from allhockey.ru and gazeta.ru), while in their usual habit of just tossing some names around, have rumored that SKA-St. Petersburg may also be where Philadelphia Flyers forward Dmitry Afanasenkov and LA Kings defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky end up playing next season.
Also in the rumor mill is Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny Markov, an unrestricted free agent who is said to be fielding offers from several Russian teams, with one of the teams being Vityaz Chekhov.
SKA starting goaltender Maxim Sokolov signed with Avangard Omsk, while former Avangard goalie Norm Maracle went off to play in some European league or other, hopefully one that has a good salad bar.
As a side note, one of the Russian reports reveals that the dominant Ak Bars Kazan line of Sergei Zinovjev, Alexei Morozov, and Danis Zaripov will earn a combined wage of more than $10 million next season ("Zinovjev - about four million dollars per year, Morozov - more than three, Zaripov - more than three").