Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Avtomobilist making noise in the offseason

Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg has confirmed the signings of highly-rated Dinamo Riga goaltender Chris Holt and former Stanley Cup winner Dmitry Afanasenkov.

Holt was a key player for Dinamo Riga the past two seasons, with a 91.7 save percentage and a 2.45 co-efficient. Afanasenkov won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and returned to Russia in 2007. After two seasons with Dynamo Moscow, he went to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Traktor Chelyabinsk and Switzerland before signing with Avtomobilist, KHL reports.

The Yekaterinburg squad has set its sights on multiple high-profile transfer targets, including a campaign to sign the Yekaterinburg-born Alexei Yashin. By signing Holt and Afanasenkov, the perennially underperforming squad may look for a push to the top of the standings in the upcoming season.