According to a report from Russian hockey insider Igor Eronko, former Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers forward David Desharnais has had his contract with KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl terminated.
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Lokomotiv will terminate deal with David Desharnais
What!? Desharnais just inked a deal with Lokomotiv earlier this offseason and has yet to even play a game for the team!
For those wondering whether this was a team decision or whether Desharnais left the team on his own accord, Eronko reports that the decision was made by management.
Team decision, but he’ll likely sign with other KHL team
Interestingly enough, the team has also bought out the contract former NHLer and long-time friend of Desharnais, Maxime Talbot. Desharnais and Talbot were the only two Canadian born players on Lokomotiv’s roster, which is dominated by Russian born players. American born Canadian Brandon Kozun was also bought out of his contract. Suffice it to say… something fishy is going on in Yaroslavl.
Whatever the case is, it appears as though Desharnais will remain in the KHL and sign on with another club. It appears as if his NHL career is now officially over at just 31 years old. The native of Laurier-Station, Quebec leaves the NHL with a stellar 87 goals and 282 points in 524 games. While those certainly aren’t eye popping numbers by any means, it does take a remarkable level of skill and determination to play in 500+ NHL games, especially for someone of Desharnais’ stature. The 5’7”, 180 pound forward had a career year in 2011-12 as a member of the Canadiens in which he scored 16 goals and 60 points. Just two years later he managed 16 goals and 52 points. Since then though, his point production has declined steadfastly.
So long, David. At the very least Oilers fans will always remember you for this beauty OT winner from the 2016-17 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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It also brought us this fantastic moment courtesy of Global News in Edmonton:
Whatever the future holds for Desharnais' professional playing days, we wish him all the best. Good luck, David!