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Jets lift Telegin suspension, assign him to KHL

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WINNIPEG, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 18: Ben Maxwell #49, Jason Gregoire #57, head coach Claude Noel, Ivan Telegin #52, and Mark Scheifele #45 of the Winnipeg Jets during Winnipeg Jets Training Camp at the MTS Centre on September 18, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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The contentious relationship between Ivan Telegin and the Winnipeg Jets took a turn -- possibly for the better -- on Monday.

The Jets announced they lifted Telegin’s suspension and assigned him to CSKA Moscow of the KHL. The development comes months after Telegin refused his assignment to the Jets’ AHL affiliate in St. John’s, instead heading back to Russia.

Here’s more on that incident, from the Winnipeg Free Press:

The 21-year-old winger, who has two years remaining on his entry-level NHL contract, told a teammate on social media he was heading back to Russia, his home country.

Telegin had been assigned to the AHL team early last week.

The Jets issued a brief comment this morning through their communications department that said: “The Winnipeg Jets have suspended Ivan Telegin for failure to report to the St. John’s IceCaps due to personal reasons.”

Telegin suffered through a concussion and post-concussion symptoms for much of last season, dragging into the spring and summer.

A fourth-round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Telegin was a former running mate of Jets prospect Mark Schiefele with OHL Barrie. He’s the second young Russian player to bolt Winnipeg for the KHL, joining former first-round pick Alexander Burmistrov.