Pashin to Stay in KHL

Late jump today thanks to an extended stay at the mechanics for an oil change, but had to get this up anyway because it’s August, and you never know when the next bit of Rangers news will be coming out.

Mikhail Pashin, the Rangers’ 2009 seventh-round draft choice, has decided to stay in the KHL for at least two more seasons after signing a contract extension with CSKA Moscow. It is unknown whether the contract allows him to attend training camp next month.

It appears Pashin, 22, didn’t approve of the possibility he could potentially spend at least a year in the AHL, and stayed in Russia for big money. The former KHL first-overall pick finds himself in the log-jam that is the Rangers’ defensive group. With players such as Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, Tomas Kundratek and Pavel Valentenko all looking to make the big-team either this year or next, Pashin’s spot isn’t guaranteed, especially with the other players already playing in North America.

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