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Islanders sign top KHL free agent Tsyplakov to 1-year ELC

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The New York Islanders signed KHL free-agent forward Maxim Tsyplakov to a one-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Thursday.

Tsyplakov enjoyed a breakout campaign with Spartak Moscow in Russia's top league this season. He ranked fourth in the KHL with 31 goals and registered 47 points in 65 games. His previous best was 10 goals and 25 points in 2022-23.

The 25-year-old was third among KHL forwards with 145 hits. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.

Tsyplakov tallied two goals and four points in 11 postseason games. He finished the campaign playing on the wing but also operated at center during the regular season, winning 51.9% of his draws.

At least 12 NHL teams were interested in Tsyplakov's services, his agent said in February.

Tsyplakov won't require waivers and will be a restricted free agent when his contract expires next summer, according to CapFriendly.

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