Ozhiganov is expected to return to the KHL for the 2019-20 season, Scott Wheeler of The Athletic reports.

Ozhiganov was a regular in the Maple Leafs lineup for most of the 2018-19 campaign, notching seven points in 53 appearances, but he clearly fell out of favor with coach Mike Babcock towards the end of the season -- sitting as a healthy scratch for 12 of the final 19 contests, including all seven playoff games against the Bruins. The 26-year-old blueliner only signed a one-year deal with the Leafs, so he'll be free to return to Russia as soon as he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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