According to a report from Russian hockey insider Igor Eronko, veteran defenseman Paul Postma has signed a one year deal with Kazan Ak Bars of the KHL.
Paul Postma signed a 1-year deal with Kazan Ak Bars of the KHL
The 29 year old Postma split last season between the Boston Bruins and the team’s American Hockey League affiliate Providence Bruins. He managed just a single point in the NHL in 14 games and nine points in 13 AHL games. He previously played with the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets organization for eight seasons.
Postma was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the 7th round (205th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has put up 10 goals and 35 points in 205 career games split between the Thrashers, Jets and Bruins. His career high 14 points in 65 games with the Jets in 2016-17 earned him a one year deal with the Bruins last offseason, but evidently his 2017-18 campaign with the Bruins wasn’t enough to earn him another NHL deal.
As for his new home, Ak Bars has become somewhat of a KHL haven for former NHLers. Last season the team featured former NHLers Andrei Markov, Jiri Sekac, Anton Lander, Rob Klinkhammer and Alex Burmistrov. Ak Bars defeated CSKA Moscow in the Gagarin Cup Final to claim their third Gagarin Cup championship in franchise history. Former Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Azevedo led the league in playoff scoring with nine goals and 24 points in 19 games. The team was also a Gagarin Cup finalist back in 2015. Truth be told, Ak Bars is a dominant team in the KHL and is pretty consistently in the mix to win the league championship every year. With the addition of another veteran NHLer like Postma, things only look better for a Gagarin Cup repeat in 2019.
In the past, stacked Ak Bars teams have featured legitimate NHL stars like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, Brad Richards, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Alexei Kovalev.
Ak Bars Kazan has officially confirmed the news through the KHL's official Twitter account.
Defenseman Paul Postma joins 3-time GagarinCup champion Ak Bars Kazan (one-year deal).