Galchenyuk Finds A New Hockey Home

After his chaotic and troubling summer, he was probably aware that his chances of securing another NHL job at the moment were slim and none. Thus, Alex Galchenyuk has decided to sign on with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.

He had been rumoured earlier this month to be potentially signing with Spartak Moscow, but instead, the controversial American-born winger signs a two-year deal with SKA. 

Galchenyuk had signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Coyotes earlier this summer but was released days later when it was revealed that he'd been arrested in a nasty incident with Phoenix police in July. 

Earlier this week, he pled guilty to a charge of threatening an officer and received a 30-day jail sentence (for which all but two of the days will be suspended if he completes an alcohol recovery program). Five of the six charges against him in the alleged hit-and-run were dropped. 

He has since checked himself into the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, but now will be the responsibility of the KHL. 

Galchenyuk was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. In his 11 NHL seasons, he recorded 146 goals and 354 points in 654 games, in six years with the Montreal Canadiens, two previous years with the Coyotes, and several other teams for one-off stops.

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