Ivan Nalimov Released By KHL Team

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.

14 thoughts on “Ivan Nalimov Released By KHL Team

  • December 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Can he take draws…?

    Power-play specialist…?

    Maybe skate him up as a forward…?

  • December 22, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Can he play in the ECHL? Or in London?

  • December 22, 2017 at 11:51 am


  • December 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    London, England league.!!! Someone needs to remind our GM that the best goalies, those who win cups, apart from Hasek at 40 years old with a stacked Wings team and our own Richter and Quick, remain Canadian? Not Russian nor a Belguim goalie??? Seriously, who is scouting these guys. Since Crawford, a Tallon draft, who have we drafted as a golaie to take over from Crawford? There are a lot of good Canadian goalies in the upcoming draft, let’s hope we land one next draft. Pens drafted Canadian Murray in the 3rd round.

  • December 22, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Tim Thomas
    Antti Niemi

    Best goalie wins the vezina. Funny since hockey Canada has looked to other countries on how they develope goalies because they werent doing as well.

  • December 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Put down the crack pipe Makita…signed Bobrovsky, Lundqvist, Rinne, Nabokov, Kiprusoff, Rask and Vasilevskiy.

  • December 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    4th Totti trait revealed-bias against non-North Americans-although I do wish they would re-discover the CHL in coming drafts.

    (others -repetition of subject, multiple posts in a row, Cap Locks, although none in one post?)

  • December 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Inability to spell….Mikita….not Makita power tools.

  • December 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    He’s also guilty of profiling..only good players are big and from Canada.

  • December 23, 2017 at 1:10 am

    make a choice, you can have a great player for 2 years, or a mediocre one for 4 ill take the 2 number 72

  • December 23, 2017 at 8:17 am


    I’ve been copied!

    But sadly he’s a fraud…

    Everyone knows the “real” Joey Zamboni’s (me) pizzeria is located in my parents basement…

  • December 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    The Saad trade is done. Let’s all hope he finds his game. End of story for now

  • December 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    This is really starting to feel extremely disorganized with our coaches.

    Hartman back at centre? So a natiural right winger playing centre. We have Saad a natural left winger playing right. We have Sharp , natural centre and right winger playing left, Panik a natural left winger (like he did last year with Toews and Hossa) playing right wing. DeBrincat, a natural right winger playing left. A natrural drafted centre in Schmaultz playing left wing when he shoots right??? And then, our coach’s favourite pet line of AHLers, BOUMA, WINGELS, and HAYDEN stay together. Vinny a natural centre is eating hot dogs in the press box. Talk about panic and confusion, this starting to look really bad on Quennville’s report card.

    Easy Christmas resolution::

    14 19 10
    20 8 88
    12 15 38
    13 47 40

    in the Press box please: 17, 57

  • December 23, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Oh no ! Not Nalimov!

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