At one point it looked like Sergei Mozyakin and Metallurg Magnitogorsk won’t be able to continue together. It took longer than it should but both sides have finally settled.
On early Tuesday morning came the first indication that both sides have come to terms on a one-year contract. Hours later – it was official.
KHL’s all-time goal, assist, and games played leader will carry on his race to be the first one to reach 900 points. He’s currently sitting at 897.
This was a long road for both sides to get the deal done. When the player hit the free agency on May 1st Metallurg knew that they would have to fight to keep their veteran leader. With KHL implementing salary cap Mozyakin had to take a huge pay cut. He wasn’t okay with it at all.
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Until recently Mozyakin was the highest-paid player in KHL earing around 2.5 million dollars per season. The extension that was offered in March was shocking. The new contract would have paid him something around 550 thousand dollars one a one-year deal.
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It’s currently unknown how much the player will make on his new contract but there’s a rumor that the new deal is close if not north of 1 million dollars (including bonuses) for the 2020/2021 KHL season.
The long-time Metallurg captain has won two Gagarin Cups with the team. Has played for eleven seasons with the squad. Are we surprised that they got a deal done? No. You keep your veterans, especially if they’re still breaking leagues’ records at the age of 39.