Chris Simon will play hockey next season in Russia, according to a report Monday in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Simon finished the 2007-08 season with the Minnesota Wild after being dealt at the trade deadline from the New York Islanders.
Simon, 36, was suspended a total of 55 games for a pair of ugly incidents within a span of one year while with the Islanders. He was given a 30-game suspension in December for stomping with his skate on the leg of Jarkko Ruutu of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Last March, a 25-game ban was handed out by the NHL after Simon cross-checked Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers in the face.
In each case, the sentence was the longest ever handed out by the NHL for an on-ice incident.
Simon was a non-factor for Minnesota, looking to toughen up at the trade deadline. He had no points in 18 regular season and playoff games after notching three points in 28 games with the Islanders.
The Wawa, Ont., native has 144 goals and 161 assists and 1,824 penalty minutes in 782 NHL games. He has also played for Washington, Quebec/Colorado, Chicago, Calgary and the New York Rangers.
The Star-Tribune reported that Simon had signed with Vityaz Podolsk Chekhov.
He would join a growing but still small list of North American-born players who have recently played in Russia, which last season included NHLers Robert Esche and Mark Giordano.