Report: Blackhawks Make Offer to Russian Forward Damir Zhafyarov

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.

24 thoughts on “Report: Blackhawks Make Offer to Russian Forward Damir Zhafyarov

  1. Do we need a 27 years Years old player ( when he is available next year ) that will take the place of a young kid .thats the question .
    Anyway the guy will have a better offer in Detroit I think.
    But iff we get him maybe he can help for a year or 2 then we can get good reward for him at the next trade deadline .then he will be 29 with 2 years experience in nhl.and we trade him to Rangers for Lafreniere…hahaha.

  2. Someone said we are gathering the best 23man roster we can and then go. Any player that could be good add.

  3. Young wave with upside and showing this good or 2nd worst team in league that has been drafting higher every yr and doesn’t have a good farm yet.

    Winning 77 is going to get good players to come here.

  4. re: “Do we need a 27-year-old player (when he is available next year) that will take the place of a young kid? That’s the question.”

    No. The question is: is this player a potential difference maker? Can the Blackhawks afford him? If the answers to both of those questions is yes, you sign him. The Hawks have a nice youth movement happening right now but there are going to be changes before this season ends and before next year starts that will impact what the team looks like in ’21-22. And while this team has been entertaining, they’re not a legit Cup contender. So if this kid can come in and be a top-six caliber NHL player, hell yes you sign him.

  5. But what about Nylander?Oh well,sacrifices will have to be made.Don’t forget the size and heavy players though.They win Cups too.

  6. Kubalik, Kane, and Zhafyarov as the Hawks right wingers next year?..Pretty sweet for a team that’s ”rebuilding”..this team could use one more sniper..and especially one who can go straight to the roster since he won’t need any seasoning in Rockford and he won’t cost a draft pick. Hope Stan reminds him that we’ll also be looking to bring over Kayumov down the road as well. Would be a great signing for the Hawks.

  7. Way back when the Hawks won the Cup in 2010 and the reality of the salary cap impact came into focus, the talk was about keeping the core group together but cycling the supplemental players by trading them for picks/prospects on their ELC contract to keep the salary cap from shortening the Cup window. Well … obviously that didn’t work out as nicely as we hoped it would.

    But, here is another chance to employ that model – IF – Zhafyarov is a legit NHL caliber top-6 winger – then trade Kubalik or someone like that for picks/prospects and start the cycle.

  8. Tab- 100% agree

    Guy looks to be as skilled as Suter
    and as Hard working/versatile as Hagel

    Plus- he is a perfect guy- cuz he is “seasoned/ready” to perform – so he should be a cap friendly deal/ready to produce. Which might allow for bigger UFA adds.

    Video- does “look ” like a Kane “circle around” albeit Kane usually goes in the opposite direction

    Fact- guy wears #88- I like Hawks/SB’s chances

  9. If this guy is a game changer offensive weapon then sign him ASAP. What team does not need dynamic offensive weapons? SB let one go in Bread Man. Bowman, DO IT!

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  10. The fact that this guy is another small guy when the team is already one of the smallest teams in the league – is a valid concern. Mitigation would be “it depends” – it depends on whether he plays small or plays bigger than his physical stature. The fact he has been named captain of the Russian national team would indicate he doesn’t play small, albeit on the bigger ice surface. He would be required to sign an ELC which means minimal cap hit unless he hits the bonus thresholds and if he does than he’s a keeper and you worry about how to cross that bridge when you get to it.

    If Stan has a chance to sign him, it’s a no brainer. Whether or not he is good enough to play in the NHL as a small guy can be figured out once he’s under contract.

  11. Nylander is a sunk cost. I see very little chance that he embraces the new work ethic of our “relentless” young team in which case I doubt he earns a job (having been gifted one all along).

    This guy looks interesting.

  12. Trivia question…who is the last Blackhawks player born in Russia to win a Stanley Cup while playing fornthe Blackhawks? When?

    A-Johnny Gotselig, 1938

  13. ER, it’s good ideas to do trades like that to keep farm stocked with good players coming. I would wait though u til we’re busting at the seams to trade good players like that even when adding a player like this and I expect another good player form Euro in next two yrs in addition to this player.

    When it’s time then do that so we can keep bringing in players like Reichel or two of them per yr.

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