Denisov being courted by Dinamo Minsk
Wednesday June 17th 2009, 9:41 pm

KHL bottom feeders Dinamo Minsk are hoping to lure Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Vladimir Denisov home to Belarus next season.  In an interview published Wednesday, Dinamo’s Deputy Director of Hockey Operations Sean Simpson told Belorussian sports site PressBall that his club is currently negotiating with the blueliner and fellow Belarus national team player Sergei Demagin, who some will remember signed an AHL deal with the Wolf Pack last summer only to return to Minsk prior to the start of the regular season.

It would appear that Denisov is still planning on taking another shot at the NHL, however. “With Denisov it’s difficult, because he wants to continue his career in North America,” Simpson admitted. “With Demagin it’s a somewhat different situation; he played for Dinamo last season, after all.”

Simpson, who coached Team Canada to the Spengler Cup in 2007, doesn’t seem overly confident that his team will bag two of the country’s most talented players. “I’m not sure that the chances of signing contracts with these guys are great, but we’ll continue negotiations.  We’ll see what happens in the next couple of months.”  Denisov is an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer, but in an interview last month the soon-to-be 25-year old made it pretty clear that he expects to be playing outside the New York Rangers organization next season.

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