Anssi Salmela signs with Avangard Omsk

Avangard Omsk have confirmed the signing of the Finnish defender Anssi Salmela, according to the official site of the Russian club.

Last season the 26-year-old Finn played 48 matches for the New Jersey Devils, scoring 7 (1+6) points and recording 14 penalty minutes with a plus/minus statistics of -11. In the summer Salmela did not receive a qualifying offer from the NHL club and became an unrestricted free agent since July 1.

According to the information that became available to, Salmela’s contract was signed for two years at 1+1 scheme. His salary will make $1.5 million per year, while at New Jersey he was earning $625,000 per year.

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