Russian free agent defenceman Nikita Zaitsev is planning on signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Hearing Russian free-agent D Nikita Zaitsev is telling teams his intention is to sign with TOR next season. Would be a one-year ELC.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 22, 2016
Friedman reported last October that Zaitsev’s agent said the KHLer is coming to North America next season.
The 24-year-old blue-liner has been of interest to more than a few NHL clubs, with the Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles among team reported to have been interested in acquiring his services.