Russian goaltender Berdin left Winnipeg because of the NHL’s struggle with psychoactive substances
MOSCOW, 7 Oct – Winnipeg Jets Russian goalie Mikhail Berdin will not play for the team in the 2022/23 season, according to the official website of the National Hockey League (NHL) club.
This decision was made in accordance with the recommendation of the joint NHL-Players Union (NHLPA) Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. Berdin, 24, will be equated with a suspended player, so the club will not pay him a salary, and his earnings will not be taken into account in the payroll.
As part of an agreement between the club, the NHL, the NHLPA and the player, Berdin will be allowed to sign a one-season contract with a non-North American club.
Agent Dan Milstein tweeted that Berdin would play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) to be closer to his family.
Berdin’s contract with Winnipeg expires in 2023. In the 2020/21 season, he played 14 KHL games for SKA Petersburg.