“Will the player be able to play in June? “
This is one of the questions asked by General Manager Kyle Dubas and the rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs management when evaluating players, in order to identify and gauge a player’s ability helping his team become the last club to compete in the Stanley Cup final.
In the case of newly signed Russian free agent Alexander Barabanov, Dubas thinks the answer is yes.
“In the case of Alex, he was part of an excellent team, he contributed not only to his production, but also to the way he plays with a very good team through the seasons each year – in the KHL and at the world championship and at the Olympic Games “, explained Dubas during an interview on Tim & Sid Tuesday. “It shows that he can be versatile in what he contributes. “
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Kyle Dubas: Barabanov “a reliable competitive player”
April 07, 2020
With the fate of the 2019-2020 season highly questioned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubas & Co. gave Leafs fans early optimism for next season with the signing of Barabanov for a contract. One-year entry-level value of $ 925,000 for the 2020-21 campaign. The 25-year-old winger brings with him a reputation as a winner and a resume that includes two Gagarin Cups over seven seasons of KHL games, an Olympic gold medal in 2018 and a pair of bronze medals at the championships. world with the national team of Russia.
Dubas hopes he can also bring the kind of affordable depth the Maple Leafs have found in other low-risk signatures like fellow Russian Ilya Mikheyev and veterans like Jason Spezza this year.
“He can obviously produce and accumulate points, but he is also a competitive player who is reliable and strong and ready to dig deep throughout the season,” said Dubas of Barabanov. “You always need guys like that. So that’s sort of where we went in our assessment of him. “