Baranka signs contract extension with Spartak Moscow
Tuesday February 16th 2010, 8:00 am
Photo: Spartak Moscow

Photo: Spartak Moscow

Former Wolf Pack defenseman Ivan Baranka, who’s NHL rights still belong to the New York Rangers, has signed a contract extension with KHL club Spartak Moscow. The deal, signed in December, will keep Baranka with Spartak for two more years and likely spells the end of any speculation that he might one day return to North America.

The 24-year old blueliner left for Russia following the 2007-2008 season after spending three injury-plagued seasons in Hartford. He played one regular season game in New York during that span, picking up an assist on a rare Colton Orr goal in November 2007.

In 52 games playing on Spartak’s top defense pairing this season, Baranka leads team defensemen in scoring and ranks fifth among KHL blueliners with 28 points (9 goals + 19 assists).   His performance with Spartak has earned him a trip to Vancouver, where he’ll join current Ranger Marian Gaborik on Slovakia’s Olympic roster.

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    I often wonder how he’d have done in the NHL with a more progressive organization.

    Comment by Elliot 02.16.10 @ 2:34 pm

    I think it’s hard to fault the Rangers too much in Baranka’s case. There were opportunities for call ups along the way, but it seemed like they always came at a time when he was out injured.

    But fellow Olympian Jarkko Immonen… that one’s on the Rangers.

    Comment by laurie 02.16.10 @ 11:40 pm

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