Lisin was assigned to the San Antonio Rampage on Monday. Instead, he returned to Russia where he is expected to play for Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian league. “We are very disappointed in Enver’s decision to not report to the San Antonio Rampage,” general manager Michael Barnett said in a statement. “We fully expected him to honour his contract, thus we have no choice but to suspend him as a result of his actions.”
Lisin, 20, registered a goal and an assist with 16 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Coyotes this season.
A similar situation happened earlier this month, when the Ottawa Senators suspended centre Alexei Kaigorodov Nov. 4 for refusing to accept his AHL assignment.
Lisin was recalled by the Coyotes from San Antonio on Oct. 12 and made his NHL debut on Oct. 14 against Nashville.
The Russian scored his first NHL goal in a 6-4 win over Los Angeles on Nov. 4.
In two games with San Antonio this season, the six-foot-two, 190-pound forward scored two goals.
The Coyotes selected Lisin in the second round (50th overall) of the 2004 draft.