Pashnin signs with CSKA Moscow
Wednesday August 05th 2009, 8:20 am
Photo: CSKA

Photo: CSKA

After nearly eight weeks of negotiations with his hometown club Mechel Chelyabinsk, CSKA Moscow has signed New York Rangers 2009 seventh round pick Mikhail Pashnin. The team announced the signing in a press release on its web site Wednesday.

Pashnin, 20, was selected first over all by CSKA in the inaugural KHL draft in early June, but Mechel refused to release the defenseman, arguing that the 1.5 million ruble transfer fee set forth in the KHL rules was too little for a first round pick of Pashnin’s stature.

CSKA traded its first three picks in the KHL draft in order to secure the first slot over all and draft the 5′11″ 187-pound blueliner. The decision to do so came from CSKA head coach and general manager Sergei Nemchinov, who coached the highly sought-after defenseman as part of the Russian under-20 squad. Pashnin joined fellow Rangers prospect Evgeni Grachev on the bronze metal team at the 2009 World Championship in Ottawa earlier this year. The stay-at-home defenseman finished the tournament a +6 with two assists.

Contract details were not announced, but the entry-level deal will keep Pashnin with CSKA for at least two years.  He joined his new team, which opened training camp two weeks ago, in Moscow today.

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