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Vladimir Tarasenko Discussion Thread (III) -- NHL bound (Filed with NHL)
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05-01-2012, 12:09 PM
Don't Call Him Alex
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I view this as a good thing. Kuznetsov has been all over the media over the past month or so, and Tarasenko has not. It makes me believe that the people in Russia have given up on realistically keeping Tarasenko. If they believed that they had a decent chance of keeping him, they would be blowing the media up with it.
I thought the same thing. I like Vlad's low profile this year and his personality appears to be polar opposite to his countrymate. Tarasenko appears driven, determined, and fiery while the gifted Kuznetsox appears immature, childlike, and nationalistic.
I saw Caps fans were using the "Olympic strong-arm" angle on why Kuznetsov stayed but at the end of the day, 2010 in Vancouver was a punch in the gut to Russian hockey and they will take the best players to avenge that embarrassment regardless of their past with the KHL.
The stipend thing is interesting but doesn't change anything. We know if money is what he seeks he ain't coming to the States.
I think the only remaining hurdle in this saga is the uncertainty over the CBA.
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