Goalie Igor Bobkov will remain an Admiral in the upcoming season. The one-time Ducks draft choice appeared in parts of three seasons for Norfolk. Bobkov was inconsistent at best, ceding his back-up job to Brad Thiessen in his second year and Ryan Faragher in his third year. ECHL Utah offered Bobkov his best success, wherein he was one of the top goalies on the Coast and helped lead his team to the playoffs. Anaheim traded for Anton Khudobin, signed Matt Hackett, and re-signed Ryan Faragher to an AHL deal this off-season, and did not tender a qualifying offer to Bobkov.
He’s now an Admiral, again–in Russia. Reports have circulated that Bobkov will sign with Admiral Vladivostok, a team in the KHL that is closer to Japan than it is to Moscow. The Russian-born goaltender is a product of the Mettalurg Magnitogorsk product, and the team apparently still holds his rights according to the linked article. Bobkov’s return is a bit unsurprising given his limited success in North America (with zero NHL games played).
Yes, it is a slow off-season.