Maxim Afinogenov is not close to re-signing with the Thrashers, according to his agent.
Don Meehan said Monday that after reviewing the one-year contract offer made by the Thrashers several weeks ago, he and Afinogenov “don’t agree at this point in time” with the terms offered by the team. Afinogenov, who tied for the team lead in goals last season (not including Ilya Kovalchuk), will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
“Where we go from here, I’m not sure,” Meehan said.
Meehan did not rule out Afinogenov returning to the Thrashers, but said a deal was not close. He said it was possible that he would meet with Thrashers officials at the NHL Draft, which will be held June 25-26 in Los Angeles. Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley said last week that all the players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents have been made offers that are in line with what the organization is willing to pay.
Meehan said the status of contract talks between his client Colby Armstrong and the Thrashers remains unchanged. After initial contract talks, the sides remain far apart on terms of a new deal. It appears that Armstrong will test the free-agent market come July 1.
There is a report out of Sweden that the Thrashers have signed winger Fredrick Pettersson of the Swedish Elite League. He has not been signed, that much I know for sure. The Thrashers have spoken to his agent, so there is some interest, but at this point nothing has been completed. I will continue to check on this and update as appropriate.