Pro Tryouts Paying Off For Some NHLers

Posted: 30th September 2009 by Christopher Leone in NHL
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Every year, a handful of NHLÆers on the brink of calling it a career head to training camp with new teams on tryout contracts, hoping to stick in the league for just one more season. These players, once leaders and solid contributors with their former teams, had a couple of sub-par seasons to put them in such a position. Looking to rebound, they sign with whatever club is willing to put them on the ice and let them prove their worth. This year, the lowly Atlanta Thrashers proved to be a haven for this kind of player, bringing in four NHL veterans on such contracts: forwards Maxim Afinogenov and Dan Fritsche, defenseman Mark Popovic, and goaltender Manny Legace. Afinogenov spent much of last year hurt, scoring only 20 points in 48 games. He's missed chunks of the past three season ...

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