NHL Notebook: Alex Ovechkin boarded by ex-fiance Maria Kirilenko

Russia's Maria Kirilenko celebrates after winning against USA's Bethanie Mattek-Sands during a...

Russia's Maria Kirilenko celebrates after winning against USA's Bethanie Mattek-Sands during a French tennis Open round of 16 match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 3, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK)

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Russian tennis star Maria Kirilenko just boarded her hockey-playing fiance.

Kirilenko called off her engagement to Russian NHLer Alex Ovechkin on Monday after the two were set to tie the knot.

Ovechkin asked Kirilenko for her hand in marriage on New Year’s Eve 2012.

But before the Washington Capitals star could officially put a ring on it, the 27-year-old tennis pro released a statement through the Russian Tennis Federation announcing her decision.

“I have made a decision to break up our engagement,” Kirilenko said. “There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail.

"I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete and sincerely wish him athletic success in the future.”

Ovechkin has attended a number of Kirilenko’s matches the last few years only to see his ex’s tennis ranking plummet.

Ovechkin, on the other hand, is coming off another solid season with the Caps in which he scored 51 goals for 79 points in 78 games last season.

SOBOTKA TO KHL

The St. Louis Blues announced Monday that they received a one-year arbitration award for forward Vladimir Sobotka. Terms of the deal will be enforced when Sobotka returns to the NHL.

The 27-year-old native of the Czech Republic will play for Avangard Omsk of the KHL this season.

Last season, Sobotka had nine goals, 24 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 61 games with St. Louis. He also led the NHL with a 61.9 percent success rate on faceoffs.

"We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL," said Doug Armstrong, the team's president of hockey operations and general manager, in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season."

In seven NHL seasons, including four with the Blues, Sobotka has 35 goals, 88 assists and 282 penalty minutes in 381 regular-season games. He also has three goals, nine assists and 34 penalty minutes in 40 playoff games. The Blues acquired Sobotka from the Boston Bruins in June 2010.

HABS SIGN SCHERBAK

The Montreal Canadiens signed first-round draft pick Nikita Scherbak to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday.

Scherbak, a forward, had 28 goals and 50 assists in 65 regular-season games with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL last season. He led all WHL rookies in scoring and was the Eastern Conference finalist for the Rookie of the Year award. He led the Blades in goals, assists, points (78) and power-play goals (eight).

Montreal selected the 18-year-old Moscow native with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft.

BLUES SIGN WELSH

The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jeremy Welsh to a one-year, two-way contact, the team announced Monday.

Welsh, 26, split last season between the Vancouver Canucks and Utica of the American Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound forward posted one goal and six penalty minutes in 19 regular-season games with the Canucks, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 49 regular-season games with the Utica.

The Bayfield, Ont., native has appeared in 25 career NHL regular-season games, including stints with Vancouver and Carolina, totaling two points (one goal, one assist) and 10 penalty minutes. He has accumulated 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 118 career AHL regular-season games.


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