Happy Friday everyone… I hope you all have something good on the agenda this weekend. It should prove to be an interesting one, what with all the rumors swirling around about a couple of Russian players and their contract situations.
Yes, now that we’re hearing Maxim Afinogenov will not return to the Thrashers lineup…instead signing with SKA St. Petersburg for 5 seasons…we can return our focus on another Russian player’s contract status. Indeed hockey sites around the blogosphere have just been abuzz lately with chatter and speculation about this story… and I, for one, am just all a-quiver in anticipation of the official announcement.
But the wait may soon be over as rumors lead us to believe we’ll soon find out for sure whether or not Andrei Zubarev will be joining the Thrashers organ-I-zation. According to this report from Russia, he’s signed a 2-year deal and will be heading to North America.
This blog’s official Russian language translater, “Russian”, translated the story for us… ”Andrey Zubarev is coming here. He was 6 round pick ay 2005 draft. He will be in training camp and he will sign two way contract. Thrasher management announce this deal end of this week.”
As you’ll recall, Zubarevwas the Thrashers 6thround pick back in the 2005 entry draft and has since spent his playing days in Russia… the past two years with Mytishchi Atlant of the KHL. Last season he scored 7 goals and 9 assists in 55 games played and was a +11 with 58 PIM.
Hockey’s Future describes the 23-year old Zubarev as “a solid defensemanand skates well withabove average agility and acceleration. He is an above average puckhandler, but does not tend to keep the puck for long and hesitates to carry it up the ice. Zubarevhas a strong shot but is not always accurate. He has an impressive physical component to his game.”
I think it’s safe to say Zubarev would be brought in to provide defensive depth, playing in Chicago with the Wolves. One could think of it as replacing Ivan Vishnevskiy who was sent to the Blackhawks in the deal that brought Andrew Ladd here.
So, good-bye to Max and hello…possibly…to Zubarev.
There, I think that covers all of the Russian hockey players that are making news this weekend. ..though I can’t seem to shake this feeling that I’ve left someone out.
Anyone out there know of any other player from that country whose contract status is causing a bit of drama?
Yes…You. Stand Still Laddie!
New Thrasherville native Andrew Ladd took to the airwaves of Calgary’s The Fan 960. Ladd, who played in Calgary wit the Hitmen, talked to host Rob Kerr about winning the Stanley Cup last June with the Blackhawks, his day with the Cup and his recent trade to the Thrashers.
You can listen to the interview by clicking –>here<–
Tip of the hat to frequent blog contributor “kracker” for finding and posting this.
Allow Me To Say “Thank You, Thrasherville”
I was recently informed that you people out there…yes, you… funneled quite a bit of cyber-traffic around here. In fact, not only did last month’s page-views far outpace those of last summer’s month of July but they also topped the previous highs that were set last winter…you know, when the Thrashers were in the midst of their “March to the Playoffs”.
So please allow me this moment to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude for making this blog and Chris Vivlamore’s a part of your daily reading loop. This is especially directed at the ever-growing number of you who provide great insight and thoughtful opinion in the comments section below. I’ve always said that the real reason why this blog-thingy ticks is because of such great reader contribution. As happy as such news makes me, it is also quite humbling and I cannot thank you enough for making the ajc.com’s Thrashers blogs the place to go for the best hockey discussion in town.
You guys kick gluteus maximus!
Ok…enough of this sappy nicety-nice stuff. Those of you that post here regularly, get busy and provide your usual high-quality, thought-provoking and sometimes even humorous observations. Those of you who frequent the sight and just “lurk”…good to have you, but get busy and start posting comments!