Goaltender Ilya Sorokin has signed a three-year extension to remain with CSKA Moscow in the KHL, reports Russian hockey reporter Tomas Vorcak.
The Islanders hoped Sorokin would join the team after next season when his contract in the KHL expired, Newsday's Arthur Staple reported in June.
Sorokin, drafted by the Islanders in the third round of the 2014 draft, had a .929 save percentage and 1.61 goals-against average in 39 games in the KHL last year.
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A relatively low-risk gamble by Garth Snow doesn't appear to be working out as originally planned, as Sorokin, in what seems to be a money grab, decides to extend his KHL contract by three years.
Already signed for 2018 anyway, and with no current NHL-KHL transfer agreement in place, it seems that it will be some time, if ever, Islanders fans can see if the hype was real with what was assumed to be the goaltender of the future. Trade value, at this point, is lowered as well.
For now, Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Griess appear set to split crease duties in 2017-18, with Linus Soderstrom looked upon moving forward. Stephon Williams and Eamon McAdam could also step up and be seen on the big club with Christopher Gibson looking AHL steady.
After the trade of Ryan Strome for Jordan Eberle, things have been quiet on the front since draft night when potential deals for Matt Duchene and James Van Riemsdyk didn't quite pan out. Moving forward, adding Eberle surely boosts the offense but defensively New York takes a hit, losing Travis Hamonic. It's hard to argue right now that the team has improved, overall, over last year's version, which missed the playoffs by one point.
On the flip side, it is only July 3.