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09-17-2012, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Thrace View Post
Speaking of that line, I only now realised that the Nordiques / Avalanche could almost have had a Russian five of their own if Bykov and Khomutov had opted for NHL careers as Kamensky and Gusarov did. What a dimension that could have added to the Wings - Avs rivalry.
The fifth man would have been Mikhail Tatarinov, but injuries forced him to retire as early as 1993, so even with Khomutov and Bykov there's no Russian five in Colorado. However, they could still have formed a "Soviet five" with Sandis Ozoliņ.

Originally Posted by VMBM View Post
Bykov and Khomutov were born in 1960 and 1961, respectively, so it would not have been an ideal situation for either of them, even though both seemed to age pretty well. But you never know.
True, but in Fetisov (1958) and Larionov (1960) Detroit also had two older players in their "Russian five".

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