After completing his three season junior career, Pavel Voroshinin (Buffalo Sabres) returned to Russia, signing a trial basis contract with Metallurg Novokuznetsk (Russia 1). It is likely that the young, smooth skating blue liner planned on attending Buffalo’s training camp and possibly reaching a deal with the NHL club in the fall, but wanted to have an insurance deal in place over in Russia in the case that a deal with the NHL club could not be reached. Unfortunately, whether it was because the Russian club did not want to keep a roster spot full and then lose the blue liner to the NHL, or because Voroshinin simply did not perform, Metallurg’s management released Voroshinin. He was released along with five other players from the club’s summer training camp, as Metallurg trimmed the training camp roster from 50 to 44 players. It is unclear what Voroshinin plans are in the near future, but he will likely work out independently and then attend the Sabres training camp, barring the occurrence of a lockout.