Finnish goaltender Jussi Rynnas has quit the Dallas Stars system in order to join Ak Bars of Kazan. Last season the 28-year-old plied his trade in the AHL for the Texas Stars, where in 39 games he recorded a goals against average of 2.53 and a save percentage of .920. Rynnas has played two games in the NHL, allowing a total of 7 goals. In the 2013-14, he celebrated becoming champion of Finland with Oulun Karpat, and his statistics earned him the Liiga’s goalie of the year award. Rynnas has signed a one-year contract with the Kazan men.
Another former Oulun Karpat player, Canadian forward Ben Maxwell (pictured), was on the move this week. The 27-year-old headed for Russia’s Deep South and has signed a one-year deal with HC Sochi. Maxwell spent much of last season in the KHL with Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk, appearing in 46 games and scoring 27 points (14+13), before returning to Karpat in time to clinch his second successive Finnish Championship, with Ben contributing 6 points (3+3) in 12 regular season games and adding 12 more (7+5) in his 19 appearances in the play-offs.