Vyacheslav Bykov commented on his decision to leave SKA Hockey Club:
"Our tandem with Igor Zakharkin were handed certain tasks which had to be fulfilled. Unfortunately, seeing as we have now completed our given challenge, due to family reasons I have taken the decision to leave the club. I hope that the team's potential will help the club to once again win the Gagarin Cup on many future occasions. Working in Saint Petersburg has been a good experience, and something I will remember. We thank our players, our wonderful staff, board and of course SKA's fans."