Alexander Nikulin's Blog Part II
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10-03-2008, 06:10 AM
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I spoke with Alexander Nikulin after practice Thursday, and with Kaspars Daugavins kindly agreeing to translate again, he pretty much reiterated what is apparently on his blog this week. (For the blog, click here. For a translated version of his most recent entry, here.)
Nikulin said he's requested a trade, and he seemed under the impression something was going to happen last Friday, and then this past Monday. The crux of this all seems to be his contention that his agent was told by Bryan Murray after training camp that Nikulin "has no spot (with the) Ottawa Senators in the future," and that "he's not (the) kind of player they want there." He also admitted to being surprised that he didn't get into any preseason games, particularly after he played two regular-season games with the Sens last year.
"He said (what) is the point to stay here in the American League when the guys are battling for a spot there, and everybody gets a chance except me," Daugavins said, translating for Nikulin. "I'll never get there, so I'd rather get another team, or go back home (to Russia)."
But ... here's the catch.
After B-Sens practice -- and Nikulin continues to practice, working on a line with Ilya Zubov and Greg Mauldin on Thursday -- Ottawa director of hockey operations Brent Flahr said he had spoken with Sens GM Bryan Murray on Wednesday, and that as of then, team officials had not received any formal trade requests from Nikulin.
Also, Flahr rejected the notion that Nikulin was no longer in the club's future.
"That's not true at all," he said, adding later: "He's got great skill, great hands, vision. But away from the puck, certain things. The speed of the game up there, it's hard. So he has some things to learn, but we want him here. And if he doesn't want to be here, then we'll have to make a decision."
Flahr said Nikulin's blog entry this week caught Ottawa officials a bit off-guard. Murray already had a meeting scheduled with Nikulin's agent over in Sweden to discuss a few unrelated matters, and so the guess here is that this situation will be brought up then as well. Hopefully, at the very least, the two sides can use that time to get on the same page.
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