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Veteran of almost 800 NHL Games released from PTO

Published October 5, 2023 at 10:38
BY TJ TUCKER

It's looking very much like the end of the line for the career of an veteran of close to 800 NHL games. The Detroit Red Wings announced today that 35-year-old Artem Anisimov has been released from his professional tryout contract.


Since being drafted 54th overall by the New York Rangers in 2007, Anisimov has played 771 regular season NHL games, as well as another 43 in the playoffs. Besides the Rangers, he also suited up for Columbus, Chicago and Ottawa.

Anisimov relied on a PTO last season as well. That one was with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was injured in training camp and would eventually sign a PTO with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms that led to a regular contract. He played 55 games with the AHL team last season, scoring 19 goals and 36 points.


Anisimov played in his home country of Russia in 2021-22 for the first time in about 15 years. However, he was adamant about wanting to return to the NHL after the season ended. With Detroit releasing him from his PTO, things are looking grim for him when it comes to staying in the NHL.
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Veteran of almost 800 NHL Games released from PTO

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