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Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract


Nick Bonino (L) of US and Russia’s Sergei Plotnikov fight for a puck during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sergei Plotnikov, signed by the Penguins on Wednesday to a one-year entry-level contract, is leaving a favorable impression on Pittsburgh’s GM Jim Rutherford with some of his recent actions.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Plotnikov could arrive in town by August as he embarks on his career in North America, and getting in a little early before training camp is just one example. The other appears to be a little more of a hit to the wallet for the 25-year-old Russian forward.

From the Tribune-Review:

“Without us asking, he’s already talking about getting over here early,” Rutherford said. “Some of the things he’s done speak volumes of his character.”

For example, Rutherford said, Plotnikov, 25, footed the $500,000 bill to terminate his Kontinental Hockey League contract.

“Not many guys would do that,” Rutherford said.

Plotnikov has spent the last six seasons in the KHL, recording a career-high 36 points in 56 games with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv last season.

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