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11-02-2012, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
Hmmm! I wonder if the Russians are having the same discussion re: Yakupov? I mean he's dominating in a league that some would argue (not me ) but some would argue is better than the AHL, doing much better from a statistical perspective than RNH, yet I don't read or hear Russians bellyaching oh, the World Juniors will be a step down in competition for him, how can it help him become a better player....and all the other BLAH BLAH BS excuses from Canadians playing armchair GM.

RNH is 19 years old, a junior age player, and if not busy in the NHL he goes to play for his country, end of story!!! and if RNH doesn't stand up and say, hell ya I want a shot at a gold for Canada, then I'll be awfully disappointed...
Enough with the micromanaging, he should play! No ifs and ors or buts about it.
Hell, I'll take it a step further. Hockey Canada should have an agreement with the NHL, like they do with the CHL, that ALL junior-age players are made available for the world juniors. The KHL and other pro leagues have no problem making their players available. The NHL should be onside too.

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