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Zednik to play for Lokomotiv of KHL

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik is leaving the NHL to join the Russian league.

Russian hockey club Lokomotiv of the KHL announced Thursday it has signed Zednik to a two-year contract.

Also Thursday, Zednik was named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given in honor of the late Minnesota North Stars player. The award honors "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." The winner will be announced June 18 in Las Vegas.

Zednik had 17 goals in 70 games a season after his carotid artery was sliced by a teammate's skate blade during a Feb. 10, 2008, game in Buffalo.

A message left for Zednik's agent by the Associated Press was not returned. The Panthers did not comment.