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07-11-2013, 05:59 PM
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Jimmi Jenkins
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Originally Posted by Blunderbore View Post
Pavel Datsyuk has been speaking profusely last week about how much he would like to play in his hometown Ekaterinburg.
Then re-signed in Detroit

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Sergei Zubov actually ended his career playing in KHL.
When he did, at ages 38 and 39 after suffering a hip injury in the NHL

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additionally all these players are dating back to times when even a wealthy man would find Russia a pretty unpleasant place to live; the younger guys are much different.
Sure, they saw the end of Communism, but it's not as if they all "vanished" after the KHL came on board.

How about someone like Volchkenov? He could probably make just as much and it would be easier on him in the KHL. Kulemin? Markov? Orlov? These guys just must be suffering in silence. Or they have strong character perhaps.

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i may be overreacting, but i predicted the eventual defection of Kovalchuk when the debacle of him wanting to stay was rolling out after lockout ended; time showed that i was correct.
Kovalchuk clearly stopped being concerned with being great, he cares about being comfortable, that's fine, I don't know that Yakupov is wired to be anything less then the best.

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