Source Confirms Capitals in Talks with Ilya Nikulinh


Rumors regarding the possibility of Russian defenseman Ilya Nikulin signing with an NHL team began to swirl earlier this week.  Now a report in rSport has confirmed, via a local Russian source, that discussions between the Washington Capitals and Nikulin are indeed taking place.   The 33-year-old defender is an unrestricted free agent.  The story also stated (via Google Translate):

According to the source, the club, which is in talks with representatives of the Nikulin is “Washington”.  [Nikulin] himself has not confirmed this information. “Now I’m uncomfortable talking. Call the next week”, – said Nikulin on the phone.

Last season, Nikulin spent 58 games in the regular season CHL, which [he] scored 28 points (13 + 15) with a rating of “18”. [The] 33-year-old defender is a three-time world champion in [on] the national team of Russia (2008, 2009 , 2012).  As part of “Washington” are Russian hockey player[s] Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. (Google Translate)

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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