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07-15-2008, 01:35 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
I'm not as worried as other people.
There are specific reasons he is not coming here this year, and there are a few factors that could play into him wanting to leave Omsk, other then wanting to play in the NHL, like he said he wants to.
-He felt this year was a let down year and he wanted to have a breakout year before coming over. He said this.
-Being loyal and honoring his last year of the contract.
-Jagr is signed for 2 years. Cherepanov feels as though he is a top player in the RSL(KHL) and why would he chose to take a diminished role as 2nd or 3rd line RW, when he can and will be at least a 2nd line RW the first year he comes to the US.
Him not coming over next season saves the Rangers, and Cherepanov, a huge headache. Cherepanov will be allowed to play internationally now, and the Rangers don't have to compensate Omsk in anyway if he comes over after hos contract expires.
Not sure why people can't see the upside to this.
And as far as camp goes, like GAGLine said, he is under contract with Omsk right now, why miss the beginning of the season just for training camp? He wanted to avoid missing time and out produce his previous RSL years before he comes over.
I'm not that worried.
And, if he chooses not to come, Sather had the foresight to cover his bases and acquire Zherdev.
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