Alexei Zotkin (Chicago Blackhawks) and Denis Yachmenev (Florida Panthers) joined Metallurg Novokuznetsk's training camp. Zotkin has been in Metallurg Magnitogorsk's system, but after a relatively successful Super League debut during the 2002-03 season, he received no ice time in 2003-04. It did not appear that he was any longer in the club's plans and his departure for Novokuznetsk confirms this. Yachmenev spent the 2003-04 season with Amur Khabarovsk, mainly because of his brother, Vitali, who came back from the NHL to join that club for a lot of money. He saw spot duty on the fourth line in about half of the season's games.