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04-15-2013, 05:08 AM
Comrade Blunderbore
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Flyers seek to sign 2011 WJC gold medalist D Nikita Zaitsev

- Sibir Novosibirsk GM Kirill Fastovsky claimed yesterday.

"Philadelphia Flyers offered a 3-year contract to Nikita Zaitsev, 2-way of course. Considering his hard-nosed nature, i think he might just accept it", stated Fastovsky at a yearly meeting with fans.

Nikita Zaitsev is a 21-year-old 6'1", 187 lb D-man coming off his fourth KHL season with Sibir, where he was named team captain in the end of this season. This year he established himself as top-pairing and PP regular, collecting 18 (7+11) points in 49 games and one goal in 7 playoff games. Currently Zaitsev is with team Russia at the Eurochallenge, being considered a possible candidate for IIHF WC 2013. He made his debut with first Russian national side last season, when he posted an assist through three Eurotour games.

Zaitsev wasn't drafted in NHL despite being a regular during WJC 2011, where team Russia made an impressive playoff run eventually rallying from 0-3 deficit to beat Canada in the gold medal game. In 2009 he was taken 4th overall by Sibir in KHL draft and has been an important piece there ever since. He is a free agent starting April 30.

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