Jets' Arturs Kulda returning to North America

Jets prospect Arturs Kulda, who turns 24 later this month, was a restricted free agent and has...

Jets prospect Arturs Kulda, who turns 24 later this month, was a restricted free agent and has signed with Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:22 PM ET

It appears defenceman Arturs Kulda, property of the Winnipeg Jets, is returning to North America from Russia’s KHL.

KHL team Sibir Novosibirsk released Kulda Monday, soon after being eliminated from the KHL playoffs, and said on its web site he was heading back to the Jets.

Kulda, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound, 24-year-old from Latvia, had nine goals and six assists in 50 KHL games this season. He added one assist in seven playoff games.

Drafted by Atlanta in the seventh round in 2006, Kulda was pointless in nine games with the Jets last season. With St. John’s in the AHL, he put up 6 goals and 14 assists in 63 games.

The IceCaps also completed a trade Monday, acquiring defenceman Patrick Cullity from Springfield for future considerations.


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