Russian Super League - Mikhail Tulyapkin (Minnesota Wild) reportedly signed a deal with Lokomotiv (Yaroslavl) after his two year contract with Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) concluded. During that time Metallurg underwent significant changes, including the departure of the head coach and over half of the club’s lineup to St. Petersburg. Tulyapkin delivered a solid season with Novokuznetsk and enjoyed top defensive pairing duties after the re-organization of the club during the 2005-06 season. If does join Lokomotiv and is not signed by Minnesota this summer, he will likely skate on Lokomotiv’s third defensive pairing.
Russian Super League - Rumor Central: Mikhail Tulyapkin (Minnesota Wild) is being courted by Super League (Russia 1) club Lokomotiv. The young 84 born defenseman is the product of the Torpedo (Nizhni Novgorod) hockey system and has spent the past several seasons with Metallurg (Novokuznetsk). He has developed into one of the top 15-20 young blue liners in Russia, earning a start for Russia’s U20 national team at the 2004 U20 World Junior Championships and now garnering interest from other Super League clubs. The young defenseman is a free agent this summer with his Metallurg deal now completed.
Minnesota Wild defensive prospect Mikhail Tulyapkin has switched Russian Super League clubs, leaving Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod for Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Novokuznetsk is a team known for raising young talent, and the young defenseman has a good chance to earn a roster spot. This does also likely mean that a former ’03 draft prospect and Novokuznetsk product Pepelayev will be bumped out of the lineup by Tulyapkin.