After being lured out of the KHL for just a single season, Evgeny Medvedev is headed back, reports Brennan Klak of The Hockey Writers. The 33-year old Medvedev was signed last summer to a one-year, $3MM deal with the Philadelphia Flyers after spending his entire career up to then with Kazan of the KHL.
Medvedev played in 45 games last season for the Flyers, missing time as a healthy scratch and with a concussion early in the season. His play suffered upon returning, and he never got back to the form he showed early on, limiting his contribution to just 13 points on the season.
He’ll be returning to his homeland, but it’ll be in an unfamiliar locker room, as Klak reports that he’ll sign on with Avangard Omsk this time around, the same team that signed former NHL forward Derek Roy earlier today. The team went 33-14 last season, but lost in the second round of the playoffs. Medvedev will join Roy and Martin Erat as veterans with NHL experience as they try to make it back to the KHL playoffs next season.