Jets prospect Pavel Kraskovsky told Daria Tuboltseva of Championat (link in Russian) that he has pushed talks of a possible contract extension with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL until the offseason and that he would be open to signing with Winnipeg. Kraskovsky was a fourth-round pick of the Jets (164th overall) back in 2014 and has played in all 35 games this season, recording two goals and four assists. Even if he doesn’t sign an NHL contract, Winnipeg will still retain his rights indefinitely since there is no current player transfer agreement between the NHL and the KHL.
Elsewhere in the Western Conference:
- Still with the Jets, defenseman Ben Chiarot was fined $3,763.44 for butt-ending Anaheim winger Corey Perry on Friday night, the Department of Player Safety announced (Twitter link). That represents exactly 50% of his cap hit, which is the maximum fine percentage allowable in the CBA.
- Although newly-acquired Kings center Torrey Mitchell is with the team and took part in the morning skate today, he will not be eligible to make his debut tonight against Anaheim, reports Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider. Mitchell has yet to receive his work visa and no update on that end is expected until Monday. Once he gets the green light to suit up, the 32-year-old should slide in on the fourth line for Los Angeles.
- Blues winger Magnus Paajarvi will not play tonight against Minnesota after taking a shot off his foot last night against the Predators, notes Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Head coach Mike Yeo stated that this isn’t expected to keep the 26-year-old out for long. Recently-recalled Samuel Blais will take his place which will be his first NHL game in more than a month.