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01-07-2013, 11:45 PM
Mike Farkas
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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
Did he actually say that? So he admitted his xenophobia?
Whether he said it directly or not, the Blue Jackets are once bit, twice shy...that's not unfair. I wouldn't infer xenophobia from it. There's different things involved when drafting European players...military service, already existing pro contracts, language barriers, cultural differences, families, etc. It's not a "Doug MacLean doesn't care about black people"'s just that the Jackets needed a pick that was a little more safe than sorry, a lot of drama has been associated with the organization it seems and they really need(ed) to calm things down and move forward...

Today, it's called the "Russian Factor" - it's not xenophobia, it's business. Clear difference.

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