All Things Hockey In The Carolinas

Friday, June 6, 2008

A possible Anton Babchuk return?

Brace yourself folks. The Stalker face himself is supposedly entertaining offers from the organ-eye-zation as we speak.

Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) is currently evaluating his options, one of which is to return to North America and accept an offer from the Carolina Hurricanes. Another option for Anton is to remain in Russia and re-sign with HC Avangard (Omsk), which has given him a qualifying offer to remain with the club. While Babchuk did not completely fulfill the expectations placed on him this past season in the Super League (Russia 1), he did deliver a strong season, thus making his return to the NHL likely, though it may not be with the Hurricanes if they trade his rights .

Although he's a decent prospect in the system, and the team has a boner for a d-man with potential & and offensive upside -- I just can't see my boy Jimmy forgiving the redonkulous way that Babs handled the assignment to Albany a few years ago. JR has been one of the most loyal GMs to his players, as in situations where a player is true to him, he returns the favor. Try and cross him though? You'll end up a healthy scratch or playing for the Florida Everblades for the duration of your contract.

Should be vawey intawesting to see what shakes down with Anton in the coming months.