Do Svidaniya, Maxim
A story out of Sovetsky Sport magazine reports that Maxim Afinogenov has signed with SKA St. Petersburg for five years. I dunno why, but I feel compelled to talk about the mercurial former Sabre.
Yea, he never really fit the system in place here save those two magical years after the lockout ended. Yea, he’s got the hockey smarts of a grapefruit. Yea, he was the cause of so freakin many offside calls it was ridiculous. But there were those moments were you just stood there in awe (like the video above) or were too busy celebrating to care who you were hugging or jump around with (like the video below). And since he hasn’t been a Sabre for over a year now, it’s much easier to look at the fond memories without the inevitable facepalm moments.
I wish the guy well in Russia. His play was always better suited to the bigger ice and he always had an extra bit of fire in his belly when playing for anything involved with his Motherland. до свидания, Афоризм.