Dmitry Chesnokov

Report: KHL team can't stomach Kyle Wellwood, releases ex-Canuck

Dmitry Chesnokov
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It is not a good year for hockey players who made a jump from the NHL to the KHL last summer.

Evgeni Nabokov(notes) terminated his contract with SKA St. Petersburg. Marek Svatos(notes) came back to the NHL after his contract was terminated by Jaromir Jagr's Avangard Omsk.

Now the news coming out of Russia is that former Vancouver Canucks' forward Kyle Wellwood(notes) is on his way out of the KHL as well. Russian sports outlet Sports.ru reported that Wellwood is set to leave Atlant Mytishchi, the club Nikolai Zherdev played for last year.

According to sports.ru, "the club management is not satisfied with the play of the 27 year old, and because of that a decision was made to end the relationship."

The official KHL website still lists Wellwood on Atlant's roster. On the club's website, however, Wellwood's name has already been removed from the roster.

Considering that the winter holidays in Russia are a 10-day marathon, with virtually everyone being off from work until January 11, 2011, the information about Atlant's contract termination hasn't been made official by the club.

Wellwood played 25 games for Atlant in the KHL this season with 8 (5 goals, 3 assists) points. He is plus-6 with the average ice time of only 8:39 per game.

It seems likely that Wellwood is set to follow on Svatos' steps and try to come back to the NHL, strengthening a playoff contending club for a Cup run.

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