YAROSLAVL, Russia – Russian KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl announced on Tuesday the signing of former national team defender Vitali Vishnevsky.
The 28-year-old had two years left on his $5.4-million, three-year contract with the New Jersey Devils but the transfer was allowed after he cleared the waivers.
“He communicated to us he wanted to go to Russia for personal reasons, so we put him on waivers for him to do that. We put him on waivers so everyone would have a shot at him, but I'm sure everyone knew what his situation was,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told the Newark Star-Ledger.
No NHL club took over Vishnevsky’s contract, allowing him to leave the league.
Vishnevsky played 592 NHL games, scoring 16 goals and 57 assists. He also represented the Russian national team on several occasions, most recently at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.