Alex Galchenyuk's pro hockey career hits rock bottom.
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Alex Galchenyuk's pro hockey career hits rock bottom.

The former National Hockey League first round draft pick has hit yet another new career low.

Jonathan Larivee

Former Montreal Canadiens first round pick Alex Galchenyuk saw his career in the National Hockey League end in disgrace, and unfortunately for Galchenyuk things don't seem to be going much better since his departure from the league.

On Friday, reports began to emerge indicating that Galchenyuk was being released from his current multi-year Kontinental Hockey League contract. One of the KHL's premier teams, SKA, has made the decision to cut ties with the former NHL forward although no specific reason for the decision has been reported at this time. As a result Galchenyuk has instead been left to sign a deal with Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL, which will see Galchenyuk relocated to the far east of Russia, just a few short kilometers from the border between Russia and China.

Galchenyuk had a decent season with SKA, producing 16 goals and adding 26 assists for a total of 42 points over 61 games, but it seems that was too little for SKA to believe that Galchenyuk was worth the continued investment on their part.

Unfortunately the news comes as relatively little surprise with Galchenyuk's career seemingly in a downward spiral ever since video of his highly controversial arrest was released to the public, an arrest that resulted in Galchenyuk's contract with the Arizona Coyotes being terminated just weeks after he had signed with the team.

It seems unlikely that at 30 years of age Galchenyuk will turn things around and this latest development would appear to indicate beyond any doubt that a return to the NHL is out of the question for Galchenyuk at this stage of his pro hockey career.