SKA signed a contract with a New Jersey Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky. It's a two year deal.
Alexey Ponikarovsky had started his career with Moscow's HC Krylya Sovetov and HC Dynamo. In the 1998 NHL draft, he had been picked by Toronto Maple Leafs in round 4 under number 87. The forward had spent ten years with Toronto, and then he played for Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils. Alexei Ponikarovsky had played 739 games and put up 342 points in the NHL.
During the lockout, the forward played for KHL's HC Donbass. In 32 games, Ponikarovsky earned 18 (5+13) points.
Alexei Ponikarovsky has expressed his desire to get the Russian citizenship, and the club is currently assisting him with it.