Medvedev heads back to KHL, signs two-year deal

The 33-year-old defenseman scored four goals and eight assists in 45 games last season with the Flyers. He was a healthy scratch for much of his lone NHL season.

Five months after saying he’d like to continue his hockey career in the NHL, Evgeny Medvedev has signed a two-year deal to return to the KHL. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound defenseman has signed with Avangard Omsk, the club announced.

The 33-year-old signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers last May. In 45 games with Philly, the Russian blue liner scored four goals and eight assists while averaging 18:50 in ice time a night.

Medvedev’s return to the KHL isn’t surprising as he spent much of his lone NHL season as a healthy scratch on Dave Hakstol’s Flyers team.

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The 6-foot-3, 198-pound rearguard spent the previous eight seasons with Ak-Bars Kazan in the KHL scoring 37 goals and 165 points.

Internationally, Medvedev has represented Russia at the 2015 world championship winning a silver and the 2014 tournament where the Russians took home gold. He was also on the Russian squad, which finished a disappointing fifth at the 2014 Olympics.