Coming to America: Mikhail Pashin
Friday July 22nd 2011, 11:42 am

New York Rangers 2009 7th round pick Mikhail Pashnin has decided to continue his career in North America.  According to CSKA Moscow General Manager and former New York Ranger Sergei Nemchinov, Pashnin has decided not to renew his contract with CSKA, opting to come New York to pursue his dream of making the NHL instead.

“Pashnin’s contract with CSKA has ended.  We offered him a new [contract] but he has decided to try to make the NHL. He has an offer from the New York Rangers and is currently negotiating with them,” Nemchinov told RIA Novosti.

“We were glad to have him on our team, but he has made his choice in favor of the NHL club.”

Nemchinov made it clear that Pashnin’s departure was amicable.  “There was no conflict,” the 1994 Stanley Cup champion added.

Pashnin, the first overall pick in the first ever KHL draft, will need seasoning in the AHL with the Connecticut Whale before challenging for a job in New York.  Despite impressive showings at the New York Rangers development camp the past two summers, he remains a longshot to make the NHL.

The native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, scored 4 points in 42 games for CSKA in the KHL last season.  At the conclusion of CSKA’s season, he went on to help lead their junior team to the MHL championship, the Kharlamov Cup, with a goal and four assist in 16 playoff games.

UPDATE: Pashnin’s agent Alexei Dementyev has confirmed he is negotiating a deal that would bring Pashnin to New York this fall.

“We’re currently negotiating with New York,” Dementyev told Sport-Express.  “Mikhail took part part in the Rangers rookie camp this summer and received good reviews.  Team management informs [us] that they expect him at their main training camp, starting in Sepetember. ”

Asked if there was any chance the 22-year old defenseman could remain in the KHL with CSKA, Dementyev admitted “nothing can be ruled out,” but confirmed that Pashnin had not travelled to Finland for the start of the club’s training camp.  “The Rangers are very interested in the player, therefore I hope that negotiations will conclude successfully.”

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