Nikita Gusev will join the Vegas Golden Knights this weekend and could possibly play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, TSN reported Friday.
Gusev is the reigning MVP of the Kontinental Hockey League. The 26-year-old left wing has played with SKA St. Petersburg since 2015-16 and this season led the KHL with 82 points (17 goals, 65 assists).
"I don't know much about him," Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said Thursday. "[Golden Knights general manager] George [McPhee] mentioned it today. ... If he joins us, we'll see what's going to happen. Hopefully he does join us and gets some practice time in with us, but I have no idea where that's going."
Vegas trailed the San Jose Sharks in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round with Game 2 on Friday at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, NBCSCA, ATTSN-RM).
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SKA was eliminated in the KHL conference finals by CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, and TSN reported Friday that Gusev received a contract release from SKA. It was set to expire at the end of April.
Gusev was a seventh-round pick (No. 202) in the 2012 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning but has not played in the NHL.
Vegas acquired Gusev in a trade with Tampa Bay during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft in correspondence with the Golden Knights then choosing defenseman Jason Garrison.