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Today it was announced that HC Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk (KHL) has signed former OKC Barons and Oilers forward Toni Rajala to a 3-year contract. This isn’t a huge surprise considering yesterday Lokomotiv Yaroslavl traded Toni Rajala’s rights to Ugra in return for a 1st-round pick in the 2015 draft. Lokomotiv had drafted Rajala in the 2009 KHL draft.
Last summer, in a rather odd move as we tried to explain last August, Rajala was released from the Edmonton Oilers organization via a “Mutual Termination of Contract” on August 25. Rajala later joined the Swedish team HK71 in mid October 2013, where he played 37 games with 30 points.
This signing is great news for Toni. Ugra needs a player like Rajala and with his skill he will be a top player for the team. Ugra will certainly be a team to watch next season! Our good friend Patrick (@ChunkletsHockey) will be keeping tabs on the team and Rajala next season so give him a follow.