Update: Dmitrij Jaskin will sign a one-year, $3.2 million deal with Arizona, per Andy Strickland.
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 26, 2021
Original story: Former Capitals forward Dmitrij Jaskin is returning to the NHL after two seasons dominating the KHL on Alex Ovechkin’s Dynamo Moscow (Ovechkin has an advisory role with the team).
Jaskin and Dynamo Moscow came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract after the KHL season ended.
During his two seasons with Dynamo Moscow, Jaskin scored more goals than any other KHL player, tallying 69 times in 117 games. His 38 goals during the 2020-21 season were 10 more than second-place Teemu Hartikainen of Salavat Yulaev, earning him the KHL’s Top Sniper Award.
Jaskin was also awarded a Golden Helmet from the KHL as one of the best five players in the league.
Jaskin was a point-per-game player both seasons, hitting the 60-point plateau each year and posting 123 points total. Jaskin won the KHL’s MVP award during the 2019-20 season after posting 31 goals and 63 points.
At the end of Dynamo’s season, Jaskin took to Instagram to say goodbye and thank Dynamo for the best two seasons of his career.
“I want to thank the entire organization of HC Dynamo for their trust and for the opportunity to play for this great club! Thanks to partners and coaching staff! I wish the guys good luck next season, I will definitely follow! These were two unforgettable years thanks to you fans! Dear Dynamo! We play for you, your support and emotions are priceless!
“I’m sure we’ll see you again 💪,” he added.
Dynamo confirmed Jaskin leaving for the NHL on May 31.
“Dmitrij Jaskin is leaving Dynamo to try his hand at the National Hockey League again,” the team said in a release. “Hockey club Dynamo Moscow respects the player’s desires to leave. Thanks for the work, honest work, great playing, and we wish you good luck in conquering your new challenge.”
To replace Jaskin, Dynamo signed former Capital Stan Galiev away from Ak Bars to a two-year deal.
6/15 Update: AZCyotesInsider.com’s Craig Morgan is reporting that Jaskin cannot officially sign until July 28, the first day of the NHL’s free agency. Allain Roy, Jaskin’s agent, says that the Coyotes are “a top option.”
Allain Roy, the agent for Dmitrij Jaškin, says this report is not true, but the Coyotes remain a top option.
Jaškin cannot sign until July 28. He led the KHL in goals last season with 38 in 59 games with Dynamo Moscow. https://t.co/XO1iUvFzAY
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) June 15, 2021
7/23 Update: Craig Morgan is reporting Jaskin is indeed signing with the Coyotes.
Inside a 3,000-ish word Neutral Zone😵💫:
-Analyzing the Shayne Gostisbehere trade
-The Coyotes' schedule sucks again
-Deployment of all these draft picks
-A report from @russianmachine was true: Dmitrij Jaškin will be a Coyotehttps://t.co/ovFJ638UgW pic.twitter.com/bnQERxECwY
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 23, 2021
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