Igor Larionov, Andrei Loktionov's mentor and agent, has made it clear he wanted to find his protege a new team since September. Now John Hoven reports the trade request is official.

The first signs of trouble surfaced this fall, when Loktionov seemed to be on the verge of playing in the KHL instead of reporting to the Manchester Monarchs. After he supposedly agreed to terms with Severstal, the team-run LA Kings Insider blog said the Kings might suspend his contract if that were true.