The Boston Bruins may soon be losing Alexander Khokhlachev to the KHL in Russia.

The Bs’ first round selection in 2011 is close to signing a deal with St. Petersburg of the KHL according to his agent Alexei Dementiev.

Khokhlachev, who will become a restricted free agent this off-season, said during exit interviews that he wants to play in the NHL, but not for the Bruins.  Matt Kalman of CBS Boston reported early in the off-season that the forward would likely not be with Boston moving forward.

The Bruins are expected to submit a qualifying offer to Khokhlachev, which would give the franchise rights over him until he reaches the age of 27.  The 22-year old is currently being shopped by Don Sweeney according to reports which may keep him in the league for the time being.  Khokhlachev has yet to sign anything with the KHL franchise, but will likely do so if no resolution is reached soon.  He played in just five games for the Bs during the 2015-16 season.