03 May 2012
Kirill Petrov will be staying in the KHL for at least another year, according Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov.
Chesnokov tweeted out at 7:36 that the Islander prospect had signed a contract extension with his KHL team, AK Bars. Petrov is in the final year of his KHL contract and was expected to come to North America and join the Isles for training camp in September.
NY Times hockey writer and former Islanders Point Blank blogger, Chris Botta added more to the story.
“Just got off the phone with the agent for #Isles prospect Kirill Petrov,” he posted on Sulia. “The #Isles very much want Petrov to come to North America this season, but he is leaning towards signing for another one or two years in the KHL. He has strong offers for both in KHL. His mother remains very ill and he wants to be able to stay close to her. Petrov is also a bit scared off by the uncertainty of negotiations this summer for a new CBA for the NHL. As of now, looks like he's staying in KHL. Decision soon.”
Things could change, but for now it seems that he will be staying in Russia.
On one hand you can understand the precarious situation Petrov is with his mother since she is ill. Anyone can understand the want, and need, to be around and help take care of her. Also his fear of another lockout is something that any hockey fan can understand.
But it still is a loss for the Islanders who, as Botta said, really wanted to get the 22 year old to North America.