On Thursday, the agent for goaltender Ivan Nalimov confirmed to The Athletic’s Scott Powers that Nalimov has been released by Admiral Vladivostok, his KHL team, due to financial issues.
Nalimov, 23, was a sixth round pick (#179) by the Blackhawks in 2014.
He’s been enjoying a terrific season in the KHL, posting a .942 save percentage through 17 games.
The Blackhawks currently have five goaltenders under contract: Corey Crawford and Anton Forsberg in the NHL and Jean-Francois Berube, Collin Delia and Jeff Glass in the minors. Four of those players are still under contract next season; only Glass will be a free agent.
Rumors are that Nalimov will remain in the KHL, signing with another club. However, because there currently isn’t a proper transfer agreement between the KHL and NHL, he will remain under the Blackhawks’ control moving forward so long as he stays in the KHL.
Nalimov is listed at 6-4 and 213 pounds.