The reports of Sergei Samsonov heading to training camp with the San Jose Sharks are not quite accurate, according to his agent Neil Abbott. The Edmonton Journal reported earlier this week that Samsonov was headed to camp with the Sharks to fight for a spot on their Opening Night roster.
But thats not quite the case right now, though Samsonovs camp and San Jose have had discussions.
The report in the Journal stated Samsonovs agent, Igor Larionov, said the Russian winger and former top-10 first round pick would be in camp with the Sharks if the CBA was completed in a timely fashion.
That might be a nice little scoop if Larionov was, in fact, Samsonovs agent.
But Abbott was, is and will continue to be the agent for the former Bruins, Oilers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Panthers and Canes winger, and he indicated nothing has been agreed to between his client and the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks issued a no comment when asked to confirm the signing by CSNBayArea.com reporter Kevin Kurz on Tuesday in keeping with Abbotts consistent message.
The only thing thats 100 percent accurate: Samsonov is definitely coming back after sitting the 2011-12 hockey season.
Sergei is definitely making a comeback, said Abbott to CSNNE.com. He is skating with Igor in Detroit, but Larionov is not his agent. I am speaking with several teams and we have not made a deal with the San Jose Sharks.
Abbott wouldnt elaborate on which teams he was speaking with, but it sounds like San Jose isnt the only team with a hat in the Samsonov ring.
Samsonov put up 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 points in 78 games split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers when he last played in the NHL during the 2010-11 season. He also still just 33 years old with enough skill to fill out a top-9 forward role for some team thats in need, but his days of being a consistent 20-goal scorer in the NHL -- like he was with the Bruins -- appear to be long gone.
The idea of Samsonov reuniting with his fellow former Bruins prodigy Joe Thornton in San Jose is an intriguing one, and it may still happen. But it's not a done deal yet.