Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thrashers Agree to Terms with Unrestricted Free Agent Forward Maxim Afinogenov

The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms on a contract with unrestricted free agent forward Maxim Afinogenov, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Afinogenov (ah-fihn-ah-GEHN-ahf), 30, recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in three pre-season games for the Thrashers after joining the team during training camp on a professional try-out agreement.

A veteran of nine NHL seasons, Afinogenov has recorded 334 points (134 goals, 200 assists) in 569 games with the Buffalo Sabres, including 32 power play goals and 20 game-winning goals. Last season, the 6-0, 190-pound right wing tallied 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 48 games with the Sabres. He has also appeared in 49 playoff games for Buffalo, recording 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists).

During his NHL career, Afinogenov has tallied 20-or-more goals on three occasions, including the 2006-07 season when he recorded a career-best 23, and has surpassed the 60-point mark twice, including a career-high 73 points (22 goals, 51 points) in 2005-06. In 2005-06, he also set career highs with 11 power play goals, 241 shots on goal and 84 penalty minutes.

A native of Moscow, Afinogenov has represented Russia in international competition on 11 occasions, including the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games. He has also represented his country in the World Cup of Hockey (2005), the World Championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008) and the World Junior Championships (1998 and 1999).

Afinogenov, who was originally selected by Buffalo in the third round, 69th overall, of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, spent three seasons with Dynamo Moscow in Russia prior to his NHL career.

Atlanta Thrashers Season Tickets for the 2009-10 regular season start as low as $10 per game and are available by visiting atlantathrashers.com or calling (866) 715-1500.
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