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Flames’ Billins signs in KHL


After finally cracking the NHL, Chad Billins is on his way to Russia.

The Flames defenseman, who made his NHL debut last year and appeared in 10 games, has reportedly signed a deal in the KHL, according to player agency Norton Sports Management (per the Calgary Sun).

Billins, 25, was signed out of Ferris State in 2012 and played a key role for the Calder Cup-winning Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 14 points in 24 games while emerging as one of the club’s better offensive defensemen.

That performance earned him a two-way deal with the Flames and, while he spent post of the year racking up points for AHL Abbotsford (42 in 65 games), he did manage to notch three assists in his 10 games with Calgary.