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11-22-2012, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by cska78 View Post
I will be loling if the lockout ends and buffalo takes Grigorenko on board.
I would be loling and surprised at the same time. Grigorenko hasn't looked like a guy who is ready for the next level in recent tournaments. Mike Johnston, a former NHL'er who did the color commentary for the August series, and who I believe is the least homerish and the most fair and objective to Russian players in his commentary, made the comment on air "Grigorenko can't expect to go the NHL and play the game at the slow pace that he is playing." I think that is a fair assessment. He would really have to pick up his pace to survive in the NHL small rink style of play.

If I get your point, and maybe I don't, Varnakov would be crazy not to bring Kucherov on to the team. He's a proven international star that excels at the pace needed for the big ice.

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