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Vladislav Kamenev confirms he’s leaving the Colorado Avalanche for the KHL

Kamenev puts to rest the speculation over rumors that he’s leaving the Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NHLI via Getty Images

A few weeks ago, we reported that Colorado Avalanche forward Vladislav Kamenev was expected to sign with SKA St. Petersburg to play in the KHL next season. Despite the rumor Kamenev’s agent and other media outlets, the move has now been confirmed by the player himself. Kamenev took to Instagram Tuesday afternoon to thank the Avalanche and their fans.

The 24-year old is set to be a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the NHL playoffs. There is a good chance the Avalanche tender Kamenev a qualifying offer in order to retain his rights this offseason.

The signing comes after SKA traded for Kamenev’s rights from Metallurg Magnitogorsk this past June in exchange for Los Angeles Kings forward Nikolai Prokhorkin.

The decision to go back to Russia makes a lot of sense given how the young forward had fallen down the depth chart for the Avalanche. With the emergence of Shane Bowers as someone who is likely to make the team next season, Kamenev likely didn’t have a spot at the NHL with the Avalanche organization.

After suffering through injury issues over the past few years, Kamenev was finally healthy this season but was unable to crack the Avalanche lineup on a regular basis - appearing in only 38 games an averaging a little under nine minutes of ice time a game.

Drafted by the Nashville Predators, Kamenev came to the Avalanche organization as a part of the Matt Duchene blockbuster trade back in 2017. If this is the end of his time in Colorado, Kamenev will end his Avalanche career having played only 64 games while recording three goals and 13 points.

Kamenev did not make the trip to the playoff bubble with the team as he was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in the summer.