On March 19, Anatolii Golyshev and the New York Islanders agreed to a one-year ELC effective the 2020-21 season. A full month later we still hadn’t heard if the Russian forward had left his home country to begin his North-American pro career.
If you follow Golyshev on Instagram, today you saw confirmation that he had in fact left Russia and was currently in the Netherlands. Next stop, North America and more specifically Long Island.
(Big shout out to Alex Lehmann for giving me the heads up on Twitter to check my Insta feed.)
Anatolii Golyshev headed to North America to link up with New York Islanders
If you didn’t see the Instagram post, here it is. Golyshev is on a plane either landing in or departing Amsterdam. And just to make sure you know it’s Islanders realted, you got a cheering Sparky in the bottom left. As if we didn’t already know why he was on a plane.
I imagine he will land later today and begin his quarantine period on the Island before joining the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut. Remember, the Islanders loaned Golyshev to the Sound Tigers the day they completed the one-year contract.
Bridgeport only has five games left on the 2021 AHL regular season. Their next game is on April 24 while their last game is on May 4.
According to the state of New York, serving a quarantine period is not required (except in certain situations). If he doesn’t have to quarantine, Golyshev could be in the Sound Tigers lineup as early as the 24th.
But assuming he is unvaccinated and has not recovered from COIVD in the last three months he’d fall into one of those expectations and have to self-quarantine for seven days. Meaning he won’t be on the ice till May 1, at the earliest.
Regardless, he’s on his way to join the Islanders after spending the last eight years playing in the KHL.