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Despite being coaxed back into joining the Carolina Hurricanes after jumping ship to the KHL, Anton Babchuk’s second stint with the Canes is nothing more as the 26-year-old defenseman was dealt yesterday to the Calgary Flames along with Tom Kostopoulos in exchange for Brett Sutter and Ian White.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Babchuk spent three seasons in Raleigh before departing for Russia’s Avangard Omsk before being lured back to Carolina for a one-year $1.4 million contract. In 17 games this year he has only scored 8 points and is a -4 +/-. Babchuk will now be with his third NHL team having started his career in Chicago in 2003-04. In 185 career he has scored 26 goals and has 43 assists for a total of 69 points. Despite being born in Ukraine, Babchuk has opted to play for Russia making his national team debut in 2000.
On a side note, Sutter will be play on the same team as his cousin Brendan who is the son of Brett’s former Coach Brent. Sutter was traded by GM and father Daryl after he was arrested for punching an unidentified person out side of a Phoenix bar. Despite the organization saying the incident had nothing to do with the move, pundits see it as too coincidental to not be the case.
Babchuk will have a fellow Russian speaker in Calgary as Latvian born Raitis Ivanāns is fluent having been born during the Soviet era.