Well folks, it’s Wednesday.
Apologies for the lack of Morning Skate yesterday. The evening kind of got away from me after the long weekend (which was filled with WONDERFUL weather in Boston).
Anyways, we’re back.
The Bruins news from yesterday included the team officially confirming that Jay Leach is heading to Seattle and the expected announcement that Steven Kampfer is heading to Russia.
The blueliner was rumored to have signed a KHL deal back during the playoffs, but that ended up being denied by multiple parties at the time.
Now that the season is over, it appears that those rumors were accurate.
Стивен Кэмпфер – в «Ак Барсе»!— ХК Ак Барс (@hcakbars) July 5, 2021
32-летний американский защитник подписал контракт на один год https://t.co/oR62CkLwfH pic.twitter.com/KHitvtWxC5
I don’t speak Russian, but I’m pretty sure that’s a Tweet welcoming Steven Kampfer to Russia.
In the “it’s a small world” file, the current coach of Ak Bars Kazan is Dmitri Kvartalnov, who spent two seasons with the Bruins in the early 90s.
Kvartalnov had pretty impressive numbers for the B’s too, recording 91 points in 112 regular season games.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he played for the Bruins in the early 90s and was still playing in Russia as recently as 2008.
Jaromir Jagr is impressed.
Notable names who played for Ak Bars last season (hard to tell if it’s this season too, as I don’t know how KHL contracts work) include:
- Alexander Burmistrov, who got buried by Colin Miller when he was on the Coyotes
- Stephane da Costa, who (for the local people) was a huge star at Merrimack in the early 2010s
- Nigel Dawes, who had a decent NHL career and is named Nigel
This has been your KHL News Hour. Best of luck to Kampfer in his new chapter.
Anyways, what’s on tap for today?
Today’s discussion topic
Game 5 is tonight (unless a tropical storm postpones it). Does Montreal extend the series?