Russia Threatens Top Prospects From Coming to NA (Grachev Named)
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07-02-2008, 11:29 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Originally Posted by
Son of Steinbrenner
Didn't the US not take Sanguinetti two years ago because he played junor hockey or am i way off?
I don't blame Russia for playing hardball but they might be screwing themselves in the future..
The difference is that the US didn't come out and do it as policy, at least not to the public. They just operate in a subtle way that sends the message but still allows the program to deny those intentions.
I don't like it no matter who does it, you enter events to do your best, not further the goals of your leagues or programs. And you certainly do not use young players as pawns and mortgage their futures to achieve your goals. That being said, I have more respect for the Russians being up front and out in the open with their decisions.
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