Best indicator of what players are being acquired might be under consideration for places in Hartford is the Wolf Pack web site. They post the Ranger signings for guys like Denisov, Jamtin, Vorros, Zabba, Parenteau (and ex-Packer Valiquette) but ignore signings such as Naslund, Kalinin, Mara, etc. That should give you a good idea of who could end up in Hartford.
IMO, this is 100% a Hartford signing. The Pack are short of bodies on defense, and this guy sounds like a serviceable replacement for Liffiton. They still need to sign at least one more defenseman to round out the lineup.
I'd say they need to sign at least 2 more, as we still need a 7th dman.
True, Vladimir Denisov is Belarusian. Has always been. Btw, he played really well (paired with Ruslan Salei) for team Belarus at the 2008 WHC in Vancouver. It's obvious he's greatly improved his skills over the year he spent in the AHL. Imo, he's got enough potential to become an NHL player.
Good for you guys. As a LEM season ticket holder, I really liked Denisov. For some unexplained reason at the start of the year he was down at the ECHL, but after a few weeks was back up with the Monsters. Played solid, not too flashy. Willing to lay out a good hard check when it was least expected, and always in the mix of it standing up for his teammates.