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Nikita Zaitsev leaves NHL for KHL deal


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Marvin Azrak
July 4, 2024  (1:57 PM)
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Nikita Zaitsev, Chicago Blackhawks
Photo credit: Chicago-Sun Times

Former NHL defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has signed a four-year deal with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg.

Nikita Zaitsev is headed back to Russia, sadly confirming that we will never see a Niky Zatty Natty Hatty at the NHL level.

The 32-year-old is returning to familiar territory, as he spent the last three seasons in the KHL with CSKA Moscow before beginning his NHL career.
Nikita Zaitsev is a SKA player!

The experienced defenseman has penned a four-year contract with our club. The 32-year-old had previously spent eight seasons in the NHL.

Welcome to Saint Petersburg! #hcSKA

Zaitsev made the leap to the NHL at 24, undrafted, and played eight seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Chicago Blackhawks.
Nikita Zaitsev➡️Zach Sanford➡️Colin Blackwell🚨

Blackwell's 2nd goal of the game & 3rd of the season puts the #Blackhawks ahead 4-2 late in the 3rd period!

He tallied 118 points and in 482 games and two points in 18 playoff games.
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