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Maple Leafs’ Great News: Rodion Amirov Might Play KHL Season

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ got some great news yesterday. Rodion Amirov might play in the KHL this season? How’s he doing from his brain tumor?

In February, Rodion Amirov got bad news. He had suffered from a variety of injuries (and maladies) and had not been playing with his KHL Salavat team. Ironically, in one report he had been called a “healthy scratch.”

But, it turned out that he wasn’t healthy at all. Out of the blue, Amirov was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I first heard the news when the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas announced it in late February of this year. Dubas also announced that Amirov would be undergoing treatment in Germany and would not return for the remainder of the season.

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The Treatment Has Worked

Today there was good news about the status of Amirov. It was reported that the Maple Leafs and Amirov’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL club had agreed to extend Amirov’s loan for the 2022-23 season. The good news is that he’s continuing to train as he works towards a full recovery from the brain tumor.

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It Makes Sense for Amirov to Stay in Russia

Amirov will remain in Russia for the coming year because that’s where he’s been since the process began. As noted in the tweet, he’s not been officially cleared to return to hockey action. However, the news suggests that it might be possible. Furthermore, the path is being laid that he soon would be able to return.

Even more encouraging, he might play this season. It was also reported that, if he needs time to readjust to the KHL action, Salavat could easily send him to their VHL affiliate to help him get in better condition.

Amirov released the following statement after the announcement:

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Amirov Might Return to North America for the 2023-24 Season

As part of the announcement, there’s a plan for Amirov to move to Toronto for the 2023-24 season. After that, there’s a lot of space between this announcement and any decisions that would occur when he reached Canada.

All these things are too soon to even consider. But the news yesterday was very good. We wish him the best of luck in his continued recovery.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Randy Alexander

    July 28, 2022 at 7:01 am

    Finally, Some good Leaf news. First off, hopefully the kid makes a full recovery, he seems to have a great attitude. Secondly he was a very good looking prospect so lets hope he can get back on that path. We could sure use it.

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  4. Old Prof

    July 28, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Randy for adding this – it’s good news when anyone’s prognosis is positive –

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