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Sounds as if Vasilevskiy is coming to North America (updated)

Highly regarded Andrey Vasilevskiy, 6 feet 3, 204 pounds, said when he was drafted 19th overall in 2012 that his goal was to play in North America.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Highly regarded Andrey Vasilevskiy, 6 feet 3, 204 pounds, said when he was drafted 19th overall in 2012 that his goal was to play in North America.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman repeatedly has said he was committed to signing goaltending prospect Andrey Vasilevskiy as soon as his KHL contract was done.

Well, one day after that contract with Ufa expired, a report on the Russian web site sports.ru, said Vasilevskiy has decided to come to North America. There were reports Ufa dangled a contract extension to get perhaps one more season out of its No. 1 goalie.

You can see that report here.

"We've been in discussions with Andrey's agent and are hopeful that we can agree to a contract in the near future," Yzerman said.

There was no immediate response from Vasilevskiy's agent, but the highly regarded player, 6 feet 3, 204 pounds, said when he was drafted 19th overall in 2012 that his goal was to play in North America.

Vasilevskiy, 19, was 14-8-5 in 28 games for Ufa with a 2.21 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and three shutouts.

With the Lightning's goaltending situation is in a bit of flux -- Anders Lindback might have played hismelf out of a job this season -- it is believed Vasilevskiy would start next season at AHL Syracuse with Kristers Gudlevskis and Tampa Bay acquiring a veteran backup for Ben Bishop.  

[Last modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 2:07pm]

    

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