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06-17-2012, 11:40 AM
Very slippery slope
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Originally Posted by Bluenote13 View Post
Plus, you don't even know the kid. He's got character, good teammate, some say he was the unofficial captain of team Russia. He wants to play in the NHL, 28 teams interested:
That's cute and all. Same thing said by every other Russian kid.

Look. He's a goalie. They take far longer to develop. We all know this. This kid is NOT going to want to play in the AHL. He's going to want to stay in Russia and play. No reason to develop a goalie in the AHL.

What are we going to do once he is an established starter and making big money over there? I'm sure he'd love to come over on his rookie deal and play back-up goalie with the potential to be in the AHL (two-way deal).

There are other goalies that are of the same talent level yet much safer and easier to manage.

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