SKA St. Petersburg has traded Czech goaltender Jakub Stepanek and the KHL rights to Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar to Lev Prague in return for Lev’s first-round picks in the 2013 and 2014 KHL drafts.

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has held the reins in net for SKA, so it made no sense to have Stepanek sit on the bench. If the lockout ends and Bobrovsky returns to Columbus, SKA could be left with Ilya Yezhov, a goalie with only 32 professional games to his name.

Štěpánek began his professional career with HC Vítkoviceof the Czech Extraliga in 2006. He was selected to play for the Czech national team at the 2010 Winter Olympics along with goaltenders Ondřej Pavelec and Tomáš Vokoun, both of whom play in the National Hockey League. He has also represented his country at two IIHF World Championships, helping the Czechs win gold at the 2010 tournament in Germany.

Tatar was selected 60th overall in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Red Wings. He was also drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 2009 KHL Entry Draft by SKA St. Petersburg. After signing an entry-level contract with the Wings Tatar played for affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He is currently playing on an NHL Lockout contract.

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