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Friday, August 6, 2010

Maxim Afinogenov to KHL

Hardly a surprise, another guy that no team in the NHL really wanted heads to the KHL.  What is surprising is his commitment to SKA St. Petersburg, a five-year deal.  With no demand for him in 2010, Afinogenov who will be 31 in September, will not be back when his new deal expires.

"When Afinogenov get offers for five-year deal wit KHL, he jump in it."

One amusing point of interest... no media outlet wants to take credit for the announcement.

TSN says Yahoo Sports reported it:
Maxim Afinogenov appears to be on his way to the Kontinental Hockey League, as Yahoo! Sports reports that SKA St. Petersburg is set to sign the Russian winger to a five-year contract.
Yahoo credits TSN.
Maxim Afinogenov we hardly knew ye! The former Buffalo Sabre and Atlanta Thrasher signed a five-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL today. [TSN]
Regardless, Afinogenov does join Evgeni Nabokov and Denis Grebeshkov as 2010 St. Petersburg defectors. 

As more players leave the NHL for the Kontinental Hockey League it becomes more and more evident that KHL president, billionaire Alexander Medvedev is the opposite of the mega rich DirecTV guy. When he takes the NHL leftovers, he doesn't get "the byest" AND he doesn't get to "savings di myoney".  

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