Emelin named best D in a pre-season tournament
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08-17-2006, 10:08 AM
Time to Get Down
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I'm going to guess, and that's a pretty uneducated guess, that this will make it worse if anything. It only angers the Russians, I don't expect them to crawl back and accept to sign as a result. If this agreement is not settled in the upcoming year, I get the feeling things will get really nasty from then on.
And I agree, Gainey will not be trying to pry Emelin illegally out of Russia, just like he won't give any offer sheet to any RFA out there. It's not his style, he's an honest and moral guy. Some might see this as a disadvantage in this shark business, but I think it'll be to his advantage in the long run.
I just don't understand why Emelin had to go sign for 2 more years when it was so clear there was an opening in North America for him.
I could see it getting ugly as well. Personally I don't blame them since I would be pissed if I was in Russia and the top player reworks his contract then bolts. Imo he should have stayed but of course my opinion doesn't matter and I don't know all the facts.
The good news for us is that aside from Emelin we only have 1 other prospect in Valentenko. But I agree with Gainey being an honest and moral guy. I'm proud of that though, I'd hate for it to be any other way.
I don't know why Emelin signed for 2 years, perhaps his dad being the coach and the fact that Lada has had major financial problems, so they lost many of their top players, thus having to rely on guys like Emelin and the leafs Vorobiev to anchor the defense. Who's to say what kind of pressure was put on him to sign for 2 years. I know he was quoted as saying he wanted to sign with the Habs as soon as possible after the wjc's but you can't always beleive what you read/hear.
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