During the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, forward Nikita Gusev will join the Las Vegas Golden Knights, while defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov signed for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The two players can compete in the remaining matches of the 2018/2019 season. Their KHL rights will still belong to SKA.
An agreement has been struck with the two players, stating that if their two clubs are knocked out of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, they will represent the senior Russian national team at the 2019 IIHF World Championship which begins on May 10 in Slovakia. The first round of the NHL playoffs finish on April 24, before the second phase ends on May 7-8.
Since joining SKA in 2015, Nikita Gusev won the KHL Gagarin Cup once with SKA. Vladislav Gavrikov signed for SKA in 2017 and won the KHL Kontinental Cup. They also claimed a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.
SKA Hockey Club thanks Nikita and Vladislav for their efforts in Saint Petersburg, and wishes them luck for the future.