Regardless of what happens with Russian star Evgeni Malkin in his quest to join the NHL, chances are you'll see his countryman Andrei Taratukhin at Calgary Flames camp in September.
Like Malkin, who reportedly filed a letter of resignation with his Russian Super Club team Metallurg Magnitogorsk -- a loophole of sorts under Russian law that allows an employee to leave his job by giving two weeks' written notice -- Taratukhin used pen and paper last month to escape his contract with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv.
Taratukhin, the Flames' second-round pick in 2001 and Malkin's teammate at the Turin Olympics last February, has been invited to training camp and the team hopes to see him at the 'Dome in a couple of weeks.
With his Russian league contract circumvented, there's nothing stopping the 23-year-old centre from inking a deal with Calgary despite the lack of a signed transfer agreement between the NHL and Russian Hockey Federation.
The recent Malkin-mania, though, could keep the Flames from announcing any deal until the situation is resolved.
TUNED IN: Flames fans who can't get tickets to the Saddledome can count on watching 24 home games and another 16 on the road thanks to a multi-year agreement with Rogers Sportsnet. The team announced yesterday Sportsnet West would air 40 Flames games this season, including the New Year's Eve tilt against the Oilers.