May 20, 2018 | 10:41am ET
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SOSHNIKOV MAY EXPLORE KHL OPTIONS

 
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Nikita Soshnikov, right wing

 

Forward Nikita Soshnikov is due for a new contract this off-season, and if the St. Louis Blues aren’t willing to give him that and a full-time shot next season, he may look to sign overseas.

Soshnikov, 24, can become a restricted free agent July 1 and is coming off a three-year, entry-level contract.

He played in 12 games with the Blues this season after being acquired on Feb. 15 from the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played in three.

In an interview with RIA Novosti in Russia, Soshnikov said he plans on taking his time before making any decisions about his playing future, which could certainly be playing in St. Louis, but he admitted “I have the opportunity to sign in Russia.”

“For me, money is not the main thing,” he told RIA, adding he wants “to develop as a hockey player, to have such an opportunity, to be at the heart of everything first.”

Soshnikov struggled to find a full-time spot with the Maple Leafs before being moved to the Blues, where he averaged around 11 minutes per game.