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Calgary’s Babchuk signs in KHL

May 28, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

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After nine years in the NHL, Anton Babchuk is headed abroad.

The veteran defenseman has reportedly signed with Salavat Yulaev of the KHL, according to Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov.

Babchuk, 29, has spent the last three seasons in Calgary, seeing his playing time and role diminish over the course of his stay.

He got off to a solid start — 8G-19A-27PTS in 65 games in his first season — but quickly fell out of favor with coaching and management and appeared in just seven contests last season, averaging under 12 minutes per.

With the move, Babchuk becomes the second Flame to leave for the KHL in recent weeks.

In mid-may, center Roman Cervenka returned to Russia — signing with SKA St. Petersburg — after just one year in Calgary.


  1. kicksave1980 - May 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    When he was coming up through the Blackhawks organization, I always thought he’d end up being a pretty solid 3-6 defenseman in the league. A lot of fellow Hawks fans seemed to think he’d be a top-pair defenseman, but I think we all were too eager to jump on hyped up prospects, as so many fans of bad teams (at the time) are prone to do.

    Either way, I wish Babchuk nothing but the best, and hope that he can fit into a groove closer to home. I always felt like he was a good enough defenseman, but couldn’t seem to put the mental part together.

  2. girouxed - May 28, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    What an intriguing article.

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