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Flames sign Russian free agent Alexander Yelesin

As has been rumoured for weeks, the Calgary Flames have signed Russian free agent defenseman Alexander Yelesin. The signing was originally reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, and is now confirmed by TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

It’s official now. CGY signs Yelesin:

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 10, 2019

While terms of the deal aren’t immediately available, the 23-year Yelesin has signed a two-year entry level deal that will run through the 2020-21 season. Per Friedman, Arizona, Montreal and Ottawa were also in pursuit.

Originally from Yaroslavl, Russia, Yelesin is a 5’11”, 190 pound right shot blueliner who’s spent the past three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League – he’s played primarily for his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, but also for Amur Khabarovsk.