Reports out of Russia on Wednesday are that the Chicago Blackhawks are one of two NHL clubs to make an offer to forward Damir Zhafyarov.
According to Sport-Express writer Nikolai Lemtyugov, the Blackhawks and Red Wings have made offers. The article also indicates Zhafyarov’s KHL contract expires on April 30, at which point he could sign a contract with an NHL club.
Zhafyarov, who turns 27 on March 17, is listed at 5-9 and 175 pounds. He’s a left-handed shot who wears number 88 and plays right wing. Sound familiar?
Oh, and he can play. Zhafyarov ranks third in the KHL with 58 points (20 goals, 38 assists) in 54 games this season.
Also of note, Zhafyarov was named captain of the Russian national team for the Euro Hockey Tour.
At 26, Damir Zhafyarov is having a breakout season in Nizhny, and now he will captain @russiahockey at the next leg of the Euro Hockey Tour. A well-deserved honor.— Gillian Kemmerer (@gilliankemmerer) February 8, 2021
Defenseman @Chris_Wideman told us about Damir’s leadership earlier this season @torpedonn_eng ? https://t.co/tAAC3MuY6p pic.twitter.com/moN36YfAMi