In mid-July, many KHL teams begin to slowly come out of the holidays, but the transfer campaign in the league is still going on, the teams are timely strengthening the lineups for the upcoming season. We present a summary of the transactions that have occurred in the KHL in recent days.
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Dynamo Mn – Andriy Stas, Yanni Kaldis, Sam Anas, Cody Curran
There was an increase in breeding activity in Minsk – Dynamo literally signed contracts with four experienced players in just two days. One of them, Andrei Stas, is well known to Belarusian fans, he is a center forward in the lower links, an excellent checker, a role player, an indispensable person for the minority and the point of confrontation, in which Bob Hartley once caressed the soul. . It did not work out for Stas on Traktor, his contract was terminated a couple of days ago, but this is largely a matter of the correct use of the striker by the Chelyabinsk coaching staff. In Minsk, Stas will work with Dmitry Kvartalnov, with whom he became Russian champion at CSKA in the 2014/2015 season.
Photo: Pavel Tabarchuk, photo.khl.ru
Three other newcomers from the “bison” are foreigners. Defender Cody Curran is an age-defying offensive defender who spent last season at Magnitogorsk. Curran is good in the opposite blue lane, when he plays the majority, but has understandable issues with speed.
Yanny Kaldis is the new name of the KHL. At the age of 27, the undrafted Canadian never made it to the NHL, and for the past two and a half seasons he has played consistently in the AHL for Bakersfield. There, by the way, Kaldis was the main attacking option among the defenders, and although his statistics are not very surprising, the role of the newcomer from Minsk is understandable.
Lastly, Sam Anas is a 30-year-old American forward who just won the Calder Cup with the Hersheys. The diminutive, lightweight forward had a useful AHL gold tiebreaker without first playing the Washington farm club, and now Anas is leaving the United States for the first time in his life to set a new stage in his career. . Sam can play both in the center and on the edge, he has a good grip, and also, judging by the statistics, good sniper skills. With good luck, he may well become a new star in the KHL.
“Neftekhimik” – Nail Yakupov
So far, the main off-season transfer for Neftekhimik is the signing of Nizhnekamsk hockey graduate Nail Yakupov. He returned to the Wolves 10 years later, but if in 2013 the forward returned home during the NHL lockout and still a potential world hockey star, now Nail signs with Neftekhimik to try once again to restart his career. . In which, after three seasons at Avangard, marked by the constant absence of Nail, the time has come again for the clubs with less ambition.
But in his native team, Yakupov can still light up! There is no doubt that Oleg Leontiev will provide him with a place in the front line, the majority and a lot of playing time, and Nail is in the power to direct his irrepressible energy and diligence into a productive channel for Nizhnekamsk. The forward is definitely not tired of hockey yet, and in Neftekhimik, which is not burdened with big tasks, he should be psychologically released.
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“Kunlun” Ryan Sproule
The Dragons are slowly building a roster for next season (although the club doesn’t have a head coach yet) and defenseman Ryan Sproul will once again be a big part of Kunlun. By the way, the club’s record holder in number of games, points and goals among defenders in history. Well, of course, a good move by Red Star, but the questions about the goals, objectives and the very meaning of the club’s existence in the KHL are not minor.
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Spartak – Ivan Morozov
A year ago, Ivan Morozov’s rights ended up at Spartak after a trade from SKA, and now the rojiblancos rent the Russian center forward from Las Vegas. A lot both for the club and for the hockey player, who spent, to put it mildly, a not very successful season in Henderson, he was completely sad in the AHL and needs a reset. We remember how well Morozov looked at SKA and in the Russian national team in the 2020/2021 season, and now the task of Alexei Zhamnov and his coaching staff is to return Ivan to the ranks in all respects. If possible, Spartak will get a smart and creative center forward with a Russian passport, an unprecedented luxury for many league clubs these days.
Photo: Ilya Smirnov, photo.khl.ru
Siberia – Andy Andréoff
Sibir was silent on the market for a long time, having an open position of the third legionnaire in the team, but then a powerful shot – Kirill Fastovsky dragged Andy Andreoff, the best sniper last season in the entire league, from the AHL. The 32-year-old Canadian center forward is at the top of American League standards, but he failed to gain a foothold in the NHL for many years, although he played more than a hundred games there. Usually, hockey players with such a resume perform well at the KHL level, take at least Corban Knight and Reed Boucher from Avangard, who stand out not only for their skills, but also for their elegant base. along with universalism and professionalism. By the way, Andreoff also has a temper and is not averse to taking off his gloves.
It is clear that a lot will depend on the individual characteristics of a hockey player, but right now Andreoff has the potential to become the undisputed leader of Sibir and one of the best foreign players in the entire championship. Let’s see how it will be in practice.