“Hey, remember...?” is a lighthearted look back at some of the lesser-known former Bruins we’ve seen pass through these parts in recent years. They might not have been stars and might not be the first guys you’d think of as “former Bruins,” but they’ve all got unique stories.
Who? Kaspars Daugavins
When did he play here? 2013
What were his stats? 12 GP (6 regular season, 6 postseason) 1 Assist
What happened after the Bruins? He spent a year in the Swiss-A league, where he was a point-per-game player, then moved the KHL, where he’s played two seasons with Moscow Dynamo and three with Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. He recently signed a two-year contract with Spartak Moscow, who’s leading scorer this year was Alexander Khokhlachev. He has 135 career points in 211 KHL games. He also has 61 points while representing his home country of Latvia in 98 games.
Five years after his stint with the Bruins ended, the name Kaspars Daugavins still gets Bruins fans’ ears perked up. It’s hard to believe that he appeared in a grand total of 12 games and registered one measly point in his short tenure, but he generated a minor cult following among the black and gold faithful.
Daugavins had a promising two years in the AHL before the Ottawa Senators gave him his first NHL shot in 2011-12. He played 65 games, putting up 11 points and garnering a reputation as a shootout specialist. After playing 19 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Daugavins was waived by the Senators. The Bruins swooped in and claimed him.
Why did folks get so excited for a waiver claim? Well...
He did that just two weeks before the Bruins claimed him. It didn’t quite work, but it earned him a ton of respect just for trying it.
Of his time in Boston, I mainly remember him for nearly winning the first game of the Stanley Cup Final in the third overtime:
In this respect, I suppose we remember Daugavins best for things he almost did, which is a unique bit of Bruins history he’s got carved out for himself.
But he really was something when it came to the shootout. Check out the “no-shot” on Henrik Lundqvist:
It takes some stones to try that on the King.
Oh, and that stick-blade-pointed-down-on-the-puck-spin-move thing? He did score on it:
And years later, he modified it to take advantage of its world-famous reputation:
Rock on Daug Man.