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The New York Islanders’ top goalie prospect has inked a two-year extension with CSKA, reports Aivis Kalniņś.
UPDATE: According to Igor Eronko of Sports-Express, the previous report is false. “Sorokin has the same 1 year left, 2-way deal was terminated, now it’s 1-way with more $,” he tweeted.
And… the Isles’ miserable luck with Russian prospects continues.
We’ve seen it plenty of times before, and we’re seeing it play out in front of our eyes again: Ilya Sorokin, the Islanders’ top goalie prospect, has inked a two-year contract extension with HC CSKA Moscow, according to Aivis Kalniņś of Hockey Buzz.
Although neither Newsday’s Arthur Staple nor any of the league’s other beat writers confirmed this news, many believe that this is, in fact, a reputable source.
Sorokin, 21, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft. In 2015, he was named the KHL’s top netminder after posting wondrous stats — a 1.06 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in 28 games.
It’s unsurprising that Sorokin chose to stick it out in his home country. The Isles likely would have offered him an entry-level contract and the backup job, and from Sorokin’s standpoint, that’s not the same as getting top KHL money to start every night.
The Isles currently have two goalies on their roster: Thomas Greiss, who signed a two-year extension in late January, and Jaroslav Halak, who is entering the final year of his four-year pact.
Jean-François Bérubé, 25, is expected to test free agency, writes Newsday’s Staple. He was 3-2-2 with an .889 save percentage and 3.42 GAA in 2016-17.
This news could very well explain Garth Snow’s decision to re-sign Greiss in late January. Or… at least all signs point that way.
The big question is how this news will factor into Linus Söderstrom’s future. The ‘other’ big-name goalie prospect recently broke Henrik Lundqvist’s league-record goals-against average.
What caused Sorokin to stay in Russia? Hockey Buzz’s Dan Petriw believes that the “Russian team had A LOT to do with this as they will need a starting goalie for the upcoming Olympics.” The NHL recently announced that its players won’t be partaking in future events.