Gusev has signed a one-year deal with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg, KHL Insider Aivis Kalnis reports. Gusev split time with the Devils and Panthers last year and recorded four goals, six assists and 72 shots in 31 games between the two. The 29-year-old winger was with Toronto for training camp but was unable to secure a permanent deal. With his move back to the KHL, this likely will mark the end of Gusev's time in the NHL.
Gusev was released from his professional tryout with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Gusev signed a tryout deal before training camp, but he wasn't able to turn it into a contract with the organization. He's now a free agent, but it's unclear if he'll latch on somewhere else in North America or head to his native Russia to play in the KHL.
Gusev agreed to a professional tryout agreement with Toronto on Friday, per CapFriendly. Gusev racked up 13 goals and 44 points in 66 games as a 27-year-old rookie during the 2019-20 campaign. However, he totaled just four goals and 10 points in 33 appearances with Florida and New Jersey last season. The 5-foot-9 winger was a force in the KHL before coming to North America, scoring 63 goals and 215 points in his final three seasons with KHL St. Petersburg. Gusev could add some scoring depth to the Maple Leafs' bottom six if he secures a roster spot after training camp.
Gusev scored a goal on four shots in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Blackhawks. Gusev tallied at 2:30 of the second period for his first goal as a Panther. The 28-year-old has picked up four points in nine outings since he was signed by the Panthers after his contract was terminated by the Devils. For the season, the Russian winger has nine points, 66 shots on net and a minus-13 rating in 29 appearances.
Gusev is expected to make his Panthers debut in Thursday's game versus the Lightning. The Panthers will play in Dallas on Tuesday night, and Gusev will meet the team in Tampa Bay for Thursday's game. According to David Dwork of Local 10 Miami, coach Joel Quenneville said Monday that Gusev could handle a prominent role right away, and he handle power-play time regardless. The 28-year-ols posted 13 goals and 31 assists last season with the Devils, but he struggled this year with just five points through 20 games.
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