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07-06-2008, 01:40 AM
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Not exactly career threatening but significant injuries. In the 2005-06 playoffs he played great until he was knocked out of the Eastern Conference Championship series against Carolina with an ankle injury. In 2006-07 when the Sabres lost to Ottawa, he played through a sports hernia late in the season and in the playoffs. Last year he missed almost half of the season with assorted injuiries including an MCL sprain.

The knock on Kalinin is that he is a fragile ego who can be very inconsistent. If you Google him, you will find stories where he was the best player on the ice in one game and a disaster in the next. There also seems to be an undercurrent of him frustrating Lindy Ruff. Coaching and good health could be the keys in getting a lot out of him.

If he plays like he did in the 2005-06 playoffs then he's a steal. Hopefully, a late bloomer, much like Rozsival.
Well then, he has pretty big shoes to fill--Rozsival managed to come back from a serious injury and spent the next 3 years playing the role of #1 defenseman. Of course, Kalinin is already earning almost 3X the amount Rozsival originally signed for with the Rangers. So, hopefully, he will find his game as quickly as Rozsival did. And if not, he'll join the the ever growing list of defenseman Sather acquired to provide a veteran presence on the blue line.

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