Eric Belanger, who was recently bought out by the Edmonton Oilers, has signed a one year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the KHL.

Bélanger had a disappointing season with the Oilers, recording no goals and three assists in 26 games with the club. He signed a three-year contract worth $5.25 million with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2011, but his tenure there was nothing short of disappointing. Bélanger had a career low season with the Oilers, in which he only recorded 4 goals and 12 assists, the lowest totals in both categories in his career. While yes, he was good in the faceoff dot, he produced just four goals and 15 assists in 104 games.

Belanger was set to make $1.25M this season, the final year of his deal, meaning the buyout will cost the Oilers $833,333 spread out over the next two seasons. He will join former NHL prospects Jakub Kovar, Sami Lepisto and Eduard Lewandowski in Yekaterinburg.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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