The New Jersey Devils just announced they have signed Russian defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko to a two-way, two-year deal. The native of Surgut, Russia, spent the latest two seasons with Spartak Moscow of the KHL.
According to his agent Gary Greenstein during a brief interview with TASS, Dyblenko received a qualifying offer from his former team Spartak Moscow (that will retain his KHL rights), but at the same time he also received a “serious offer from an NHL team”, that was then revealed to be the Devils. Dyblenko, 23, had a strong season with Spartak Moscow, collecting four goals and eleven points, finishing minus-6, a stat that shouldn’t be overrated considering that only three full-time players were positive and the best player, former Calgary Flames draftee Viktor Bobrov, was plus-2. The team didn’t reach the playoffs. Dyblenko served as an alternate captain this year. He was most often iced on the team’s first line with former NHL …
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