NHL Trade Deadline pt 3 - (Feb 27th at 2 PM CST) Can a brother get a top 30 forward ?
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03-31-2012, 11:42 AM
Qui Gon Dave
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Why would ak care about Russian community? He is not Russian. Just curious...
As tserberis suggested, what I was trying to say was a Russian speaking community could be an important factor for either AK or his family. I think AK can probably get by in everyday situations with his current understanding of English but I'm not sure about his family. Even from just a social standpoint rather than out of necessity for getting by, he may prefer to be somewhere close to a large group of people who understand his background/culture and can communicate in a language he/his partner are fluent in.
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I hope SK's continued presence here prompts Andrei to re-sign for around what he's making now. Would love to keep them both.
I think if Andrei were to re-sign in Nashville for around what he is making now, he would be looking for a lot of security with regards to his role in future seasons and his contract. For a UFA who scores around 20 goals regularly, can be creative and fulfil a playmaker role, be a physical presence and be OK defensively (albeit with some lapses) to sign for around $3.25million, I'd expect he'd want a fairly comprehensive NMC clause as well as reassurances that he is going to be used in a manner that allows him to use his skills and regularly play with players who can understand and compliment his style of game (and not the Nashville equivalent of Scott Gomez and Mathieu Darche).
With the lack of UFA skilled wingers this summer, once Parise and Semin are off the market, if a team is desperate for help in that area, I could see them throwing surprising amounts of money at AK. But from what I know of him, he is the type to look for the right fit at the expense of leaving some money on the table. Contract negotiations have always seemed rather straightforward with Montreal so I don't think he will simply follow the money.
If Nashville wish to re-sign him, they potentially have a couple of good cards in their hand already with Sergei an RFA and most likely being on the team next year, plus AK having some familiarity with the team/city. This could prove very useful if negotiating with a player who is known to enjoy being in a familiar situation, be it the city he is playing in or the players he is playing with. But I still think he will end up having a good look around as a free agent to see if there is a particularly good fit for him and his family elsewhere, although there is a chance he may ultimately decide that Nashville is the best fit available.
Does anyone know if his partner and daughter have made the journey to Nashville yet? With Andrei being a quiet type of guy away from the rink and the Montreal media not really interested in stories looking into who he is and what makes him tick, there hasn't been much insightful information about him that I've seen. I'd guess his eldest is about 4-5 years old these days and at school, not sure if he has any other children. If they like Nashville as a place to settle, that'll be another boost to the Preds hopes of keeping him beyond this year.
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