Virtanen agreed to terms on a one-year contract with KHL club Spartak Moscow on Tuesday. Since being selected by Vancouver with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Virtanen spent the past six seasons playing for the club in which he tallied 100 points in 317 contests. At just 25 years of age, this may not be the last we've seen of Virtanen in the NHL, especially if he can put together a solid season playing in the KHL.
The Canucks placed Virtanen (indefinite leave) on unconditional waivers Sunday for the purposes of buying him out, Thomas Drance of The Athletic Vancouver reports. Once Virtanen clears waivers, he will be bought out by the Canucks. The 24-year-old had one more season remaining on his deal. Virtanen had just five goals in 38 games this past season and was eventually placed on indefinite leave after being accused of sexual assault allegations, causing him to miss the final 12 games of the year.
Virtanen has been placed on leave by the Canucks following allegations of off-ice misconduct. Per Glacier Media, the allegations pertain to sexual misconduct that reportedly occurred in 2017. For now, Virtanen will be on leave for what sounds like an indefinite period while the appropriate investigations take place. The odds of Vancouver making the playoffs are near-nonexistent, so it's safe to assume Virtanen's season is likely over.
Virtanen was activated off the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list Sunday, NHL.com reports. Virtanen is expected to skate on Vancouver's third line and second power-play unit Tuesday against Toronto. He's picked up four goals through 32 games this campaign.
Virtanen was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Tuesday, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports. The Canucks have 18 players in COVID-19 protocol, and their games have been paused through the weekend. The 24-year-old Virtanen has posted four goals and no assists through 32 games this year.
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