Potulny, Avangard Omsk part ways
Ryan Potulny and Avangard Omsk have agreed to part ways, less than three months after the American forward signed a two-year contract with the KHL club.
Potulny suffered a shoulder injury in an exhibition game against Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and later approached general manager Yury Karmanov about leaving the team when he learned that his shoulder would require surgery and significant rehabilitation.
On the team's official website, Karmanov stated: "We’re all disappointed, of course, but hockey’s a professional sport and no one’s immune to these things. We expected Potulny to help us at the center position, but we’ll find other solutions."
Potulny was a third round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers back in 2003. He played in 126 games in the NHL, scoring 22 goals and 27 assists primarily with the Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers. Most recently, Potulny scored 41 points in 66 game for the Hershey Bears (AHL) during the 2012-13 season.
There is no word on whether Potulny, 28, plans on resuming his hockey career once fully healthy.