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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Vladislav Kamenev is officially an ex-Av now.

Kamenev has signed a contract with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League, Colorado Hockey Now has learned. Mark Gandler, Kamenev’s agent, told CHN the contract is a two-year deal.

Kamenev, 24, played 38 games for the Avalanche this season, scoring one goal. He participated with the Avs in post-pause training camp in July, but did not travel with the Avs to Edmonton for the playoffs. It was later revealed by Colorado Hockey Now that Kamenev tested positive for the coronavirus, and Gandler said that was a big factor in him not going to Edmonton. Gandler said the Avalanche didn’t think he was medically ready to stay potentially two months in the bubble, given his previous diagnosis.

It just has never really worked out for Kamenev with the Avs, after coming over from the Nashville Predators in the Matt Duchene blockbuster. His very first game with the Avs, in 2017, he suffered a broken wrist after taking a big hit from Washington’s Brooks Orpik. He only played three games for Colorado in the 2017-18 season, and only 23 games the next season, partially because of a shoulder injury. He was given more playing time this season than any previous one with the Avs, but scoring production remained an issue.

As a natural centerman, the future doesn’t look good for Kamenev, with so many other established centers on the roster and with college phenom Alex Newhook in the pipeline. He’s got talent, but he just wasn’t been able to establish a foothold with the Avs.

Kamenev is expected to play this coming weekend for SKA.

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Rich

Because he is a RFA the Avs still maintain his NHL rights. So he could either which isn’t likely or be part of a trade.

The PG

I hope he does well. It’s too bad he never really got his chance here.

Catatafish

SKA is the biggest team in the league. It would be interesting to know how much he makes over there. Cheechoo made 9-10 million a year imagine that. I’m getting the feeling Kaut was one of the Avs also testing positive. I don’t really get the point of leaving him outside the bubble. A 20-yr old top prospect that can clearly play already would be a very good backup to have. I get that they don’t want to burn a year of his ELC but if the Avs went far and needed him to fill in on an injury that… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Catatafish
LastPlaceRob

As I understood it, Kaut was left off due to his ELC status. He already had played the max number of games during the regular season, and if he suits up/plays for one more, he loses a year of eligibility.

Catatafish

Yes and I mentioned that in my comment as well. But there would have been room on the expanded roster to carry him with the team anyway instead of throwing him out to practice solo in Europe. And say the Avs would reach the finals and needed to put him on the ice, the ELC would mean very little at that point.

dp10

After letting go the one game wonder Hammond in 2018, this makes Kamenev the first real write off from the Duchene trade. So we are left with: Sam Girard, Bowen Byram, Shane Bowers, Justus Annunen and Matt Stienburg. Still, not bad at all.

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