Sunday, September 2, 2007

what's up, russia ?

less than a week after calgary flames' youngster marc giordano signs with dynamo moscow, rumours are flying that our #1 prospect, andrei taratukhin, will also play next year in the motherland. while i find this news utterly devastating, i'm starting to see that the NHL isn't what it used to be.

with new cap regulations, it's looking like the younger players and past-prime veterans are realizing there is money to be made elsewhere. it's these 'mid-level' players who seem no longer satisfied with 2-way contracts and infrequent big league icetime, and are weighing other options. infact, there are some pretty decent NHL players crossing the pond to play in russia this year.

if i'm not mistaken, the following players are due to join the russian superleague next year:
- yashin (like, duh)
- gio
- oleg tverdovsky
- stanislav chistov
- nils ekman
- oleg saprykin
- alex perezhogin
- alex suglobov
- jamie "chopper" "noodles" mclennan

and others still are rumoured to follow
- Danny Markov
- Taratukhin

is this just the beginning ? will the russian league's inflated salaries draw more elite players in the next years ?

In other news, brandon prust is out for camp due to recent hip surgery. that, coupled with the potential departure of tukhs, leaves tomi mäki in a pretty sweet position to nab the 12th roster spot... he just needs to take out DVDG ;)

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