James Wisniewski has returned to North America after having signed a standard player contract with the AHL's Chicago Wolves.
"We are excited to have James as part of the Wolves organization," said general manager Wendell Young. "He brings a wealth of experience and skill to our team. He will be a great enhancement for an already outstanding group."
The 32-year-old began this season playing for the KHL's Vladivostok Admirals after being released from a pro tryout with the Tampa Bay Lightning back in training camp. In 16 games in Russia, Wisniewski scored one goal and added three assists.
The Wolves serve as the minor-league affiliate for the St. Louis Blues, but the contract is AHL only. An impressive showing could lead Wisniewski back to the NHL at some point, however.
Wisniewski previously appeared in 552 NHL games, recording 53 goals and 221 assists for 274 points with Anaheim, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Montreal and the New York Islanders.