In a Buffalo News article yesterday Maxim Afinogenov, the longest tenured Sabres, indirectly called for a trade. Rocky Bonanno, NHL.com staff writer picked up on this blurb and quoted the news article in his column today, placing him on the priority list of players Buffalo needs to move.
Little-used Sabres winger Maxim Afinogenov told the Buffalo News he’s ready to help any team that calls his name.
“I want to play, definitely,” Afinogenov said. “I want to help the team, but if they’re not using me, it’s probably no point for me to be here.
“Anything can happen. We’ll see. If they don’t want to use me here, they’re probably going to move me. I don’t know what’s going to happen right now.”
Afinogenov (34, 2-10-12, 4 percent), on injured reserve with a groin injury, missed his 24th straight game Saturday, though he says he is healthy and was given medical clearance to resume playing. …
But the question is, who wants the often ghost like player who leads the team in a negative manner when it comes to plus/minus, constantly gives the puck away, and confuses teammates wtih his skating style? Lindy Ruff has been trying for years to get the winger to play within the style, and nothing has worked. Which is why the winger has probably sat out even as the Sabres could use any sort of roster move to shake things back into order. It has to be really bad when you are not even considered for that duty.
Maxim Afinogenov is going to finish his NHL career watching hockey games from the press box, unless Darcy Reiger can talk his game up alot, I foresee Afinogenov playing for the troubled but trying KHL next year. Maybe Kevin Lowe from Edmonton wants him? Islanders?