Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Konovalov will be terminated by the team so he can sign with khl, the Oilersnation has confirmed.
Konovalov, who was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 2019 draft, signed a two-year ELC contract with the club in May 2021. He joined AHL’s Bakersfield Condors this season and appeared in 17 games.
With Condors, he hit a 5-7-5 record, a 2.73 GAA and a .893 save percentage. Konovalov spent less than a month on the Oilers’ taxi team from late December and early January of this season, but never got involved in NHL operations.
Konovalov is set to sign for KHL’s Dynamo Moscow, club general manager Alexi Sopin told championat.com.
“There are certain legal issues in the NHL, as his club is still in the knockout stages and can’t terminate his contract,” Sopin said, via Google Translate. “But we have a preliminary agreement on all issues. And I would say that if we are not sure about his appearance, we simply will not talk to Lokomotiv.
“Will the transition be announced when Edmonton finishes the season? That’s right, we have such a deal that as soon as Ilya finishes all his questions abroad, we will immediately sign him.”
The Oilers ranked him as the Oilers’ eighth-best prospect before this season.
With Konovalov out of the Oilers system, it paved the way for Olivier Rodrigue and Ryan Fanti to share the goal load for Condors.
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