Somebody must've seen something in this guy. The New York Islanders have acquired Yuri(y) Alexandrov, the Boston Bruins 2006 second-round pick, for future considerations. According to nhl.com:
Alexandrov had 19 points in 66 games with the AHL Providence Bruins last season, his first in North America.
However, Alexandrov opted to play in his native Russia this season. He had 6 points in 37 games split between SKA St. Petersburg and Avangard Omsk. In six playoff games with Omsk, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has a goal and four assists.
HockeyDB has him as a lefty shot, 6'0" and 185 lbs. Omsk's blueline also includes Martin Skoula. At minimum, this is another defenseman in the system who (if it's worked out that way) can keep toiling overseas until such a time they want to coax him over. Time will tell if it's anything more than that. (And hey, with Anton Klementyev fleeing for home, this restores the Russian blueliner quota of one.)
Meanwhile, mid-chat, Michael Fornabaio indicates John Persson is on an ATO and could play for Bridgeport tomorrow. Also: If you missed it in the game preview thread, Anders Lee is staying at Notre Dame.