Russian free agent Andrei Kuzmenko is making his way around North America for his second interviews with NHL clubs who he’s interested in signing with.
The Canucks, who have long been considered one of the favourites to land the KHL forward, will meet with Kuzmenko in person next week for a second meeting, according to Rick Dhaliwal.
Kuzmenko will meet with Canucks in Vancouver next week. https://t.co/t4KWNmzzfT
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) June 12, 2022
Kuzmenko finished second in KHL scoring this season, tallying 20 goals and 33 assists through 45 games played.
The Vegas Golden Knights, Edmonton Oilers, along with the Canucks, are believed to be among the finalists to land Kuzmenko’s services for next season.
“Vancouver is definitely on the list,” Kuzmenko’s agent Dan Milstein told us on a past episode of the Canucks Conversation Podcast. “We’ve been talking to Vancovuer executives for a very long time. It’s a great city, good place to play, a good team, good coach, and stable management. Vancouver should be excited for many years on what’s to come.”
Kuzmenko can only sign a one-year deal with a maximum cap hit of $925,000, so he will certainly be looking to be put in the best situation possible for him to cash in on his second NHL contract next offseason.
Let’s hope it doesn’t rain too much next week.
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