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Donald Brashear Leaving NHL for KHL?

Martin AverySenior Writer IMay 6, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 18:  Donald Brashear #87 and Justin Williams #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate after Brashear scored the final goal of the game during the third period of the NHL game against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on December 18, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Flyers won 3-1.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/NHLI)

Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals has denied reports that he is leaving the NHL for the KHL, according to the Capitals Insider blog of the Washington Post. Several reports, all citing the Russian newspaper Sport-Express, claimed Brashear was on his way to play in Russia.

Brashear is now serving a six-game suspension from the NHL for dirty deeds in a first round playoff game with the New York Rangers. He got a five-game suspension for a violent hit he laid on penalty killing unit star Blair Betts, plus another game for hitting the Rangers tough guy, Colton Orr, before the game even began.

Blair Betts has a broken orbital bone in his eye socket from the hit and speculation suggested he might never play hockey again.

Sport-Express reported Brashear would fly to Russia next week and sign a contract for next season with Chekov of the Kontinental Hockey League.

"It was announced by the general manager of Chekhov club Alexei Zhamnov yesterday Donald Brashear and his agent plan to fly to Russia to sign the contract with Vityaz Checkov," Sport-Express said, calling him, "One of the best fighters in the NHL history."

The Russian newspaper claimed Brashear has already agreed in principle to continue his career in the KHL.

Chekhov got another famous tough guy Chris Simon last summer as well. The team also has Nathan Perrot, from Owen Sound, Ontario; Ahren Spylo, from Waterloo, Ontario; and Derrick Walser, from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Simon was involved in numerous on-ice incidents and has been suspended eight times for his conduct for a grand total of 65 games.

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