By Luke Fox – Sportnet
The 30-year-old Russian sniper reportedly turned down an offer from CSKA Moscow that would’ve paid him $7 million U.S. annually and seen him supplant ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk as the KHL’s highest-paid skater.
This information was reported by Sportfakt.ru as part of a list of the 30 highest-paid KHLers and tweeted out in English by KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins — who notes that these numbers do not include bonuses.
Fun timing. SKA St. Petersburg’s Kovlachuk and Pavel Datsyuk ($4.5 million), the league’s top-two salaried stars, combined to score a goal in 11 seconds from face-off Monday:
After a controversial playoff run last spring, Kovalchuk is off to a torrid start with SKA, scoring 29 points in his first 22 games with the league’s top club this season. Datsyuk, the former Red Wings star, is nearing a point-per-game pace as well.
Other notable names on the KHL’s highest-paid list include former Los Angeles Kings defenceman and suspended NHLer Slava Voynov ($4.5 million), St. Louis Blues property Vladimir Sobotka ($3 million), and KHL all-time scoring leader Sergei Mozyakin ($2.177 million).
Valeri Nichushkin left the Dallas Stars this fall after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract as a restricted free agent. The 21-year-old CSKA winger ranks 24th on the list, with a salary of $1.21 million.
Here is the full list, translated via Sportfact.ru:
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MacIntyre, 33, signed a contract in April to play for the Hamburg Freezers in Germany. The team folded in late May, leaving the veteran of 13 professional seasons searching for work.
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The 32-year-old missed basically the entire 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in the opener with the Carolina Hurricanes. The team bought out the remainder of his deal (one year) this summer.
Wisniewski has 53 goals and 221 assists over 552 career NHL games.