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Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov
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02-06-2013, 06:15 PM
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Another thing you will need to pay attention to is that his contract expires after this year and is a legitimate flight risk back to Russia. I think that drove his price down. Teams aren't going to give up a second or a third for a guy who may go make more money in the KHL.
New Jersey has to give the guy a shot. There is alot of $$$ in the KHL for a player like him. He won't be content playing in the AHL. It is why he demanded a trade in the 1st place.
He went in the 5th round because GMs didn't know if he would EVER come over. Lombardi was instrumental in convincing him and Voynov to come and play major junior.
The kid has paid his dues in the AHL and was talked into coming and playing major junior with absolutely ZERO english skills. I wouldn't be surprised if he went back to the KHL if he isn't satisfied with the playing time he gets in the NHL this season.
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