Alexander Pechurski back in Russia
As announced by Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s General Manager Valery Postnikov, Alexander Pechurski is going to play in the KHL during the 2010-11 season.
"We loaned Alexander to the Penguins and now the loan is over", Postnikov told sovsport.ru, "Pechurski has a long-term contract with Metallurg. Maybe he wants to go back to the North America but it's not about his desire, it's about our needs."
Postnikov's phrase has a bit of controversy as Pechursky said his contract will last for this season only. "After this season I will go to Magnitogorsk", he stated to championat.ru after his first NHL game, "where I have 1 more year left on my contract. But my dream is to play in the NHL."
Pechurski, 20, made his NHL debut in January when he stopped 12 out of 13 saves in a game in which the Pens had to call him during an injury emergence, and oddly enough he even had to wear Fleury’s pads. He spent the rest of the season with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, but lost the starting job during the playoffs.
Most likely he’ll be the backup goalie for Metallurg next year. Evgeny Malkin and Nikolai Kulemin’s former team has also former KHL Rookie of the year Ilya Proskuryakov, Anaheim Ducks’ prospect Igor Bobkov, MHL starting goalie for the last season Dmitri Voloshin to fight for two spots in the team.