Tri-City Americans

Pechurskiy joins CHL's RiverKings

Alex Pechurskiy can finally strap on the pads and start stopping pucks again.

The former Tri-City Americans goalie, who was waived at the overage deadline last month, has signed to play for the Mississippi RiverKings of the Central Hockey League.

Pechurskiy, from Magnitogorsk, Russia, left the Tri-Cities on Thursday to join the RiverKings in South Dakota for today's game against the Rapid City Rush.

Pechurskiy, a 2008 fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been idle since he was waived. With one year remaining on his Kontinental Hockey League contract, he cannot sign with the Penguins or play for one of their affiliate teams.

The NHL and Kontinental Hockey League signed a formal agreement in October to mutually respect each other's player contracts. Under the agreement, only free agents can switch leagues.

Pechurskiy did play in a game for the Penguins as an emergency backup goalie last season against the Vancouver Canucks, but he was not paid.

He played the final 35:31 of the game, making 12 saves on 13 shots, and earned third star of the game.

Pechurskiy joined the Americans last December. He played in 27 regular-season games with a 2.61 goals against average and four shutouts as Tri-City won its third straight U.S. Division title.