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10-13-2007, 12:35 PM
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Alexander Svitov Russian interview translated

Interesting interview - Svitov talks about his departure, and also about his opionion of the NHL. It's actually pretty positive, which impressed me.

http://www.russianprospects.com/publ...article_id=548

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10-13-2007, 12:52 PM
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Interesting interview - Svitov talks about his departure, and also about his opionion of the NHL. It's actually pretty positive, which impressed me.

http://www.russianprospects.com/publ...article_id=548





I kind of feel sorry for him, it would suck being a stranger in a strange land. But to the real competetive guys, being the best player in the best league is the allure and the goal. Some don't have that kind of fire inside of them.

I liked him alot, he was gonna be a star quality player.....too bad.

I just wish he hadn't signed a deal before he left if he thought he might like to stay home, leaving us with little options . Signing a deal and then bolting just makes him look bad, and to a smaller extent, makes the Jackets look bad.

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I kind of feel sorry for him, it would suck being a stranger in a strange land. But to the real competetive guys, being the best player in the best league is the allure and the goal. Some don't have that kind of fire inside of them.

I liked him alot, he was gonna be a star quality player.....too bad.

I just wish he hadn't signed a deal before he left if he thought he might like to stay home, leaving us with little options . Signing a deal and then bolting just makes him look bad, and to a smaller extent, makes the Jackets look bad.
How does it make us look bad .. we took a chance on him and he made the choice to bolt

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Good read.

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10-13-2007, 01:00 PM
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Q.) if you intended to return to Russia, why did you sign a two-year contract with the NHL team in the offseason?

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How does it make us look bad .. we took a chance on him and he made the choice to bolt
Just in the perception around the league that he'd rather play back in Russia rather than with a struggling small-market Columbus. We know that good things are ahead, but there IS that perception out there outside of Ohio.

These types of things can affect possible free agent signings.

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Hooligan, lol.

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Q.) if you intended to return to Russia, why did you sign a two-year contract with the NHL team in the offseason?
"....in life situation occur that require a quick and balanced decision. I canít really say anything else. This is a done topic for me. I will note only thing Ė I returned to Russia not because of money, but because circumstances ended up that way. "

It dosen't sound like he intended to leave before he signed the contract. Something happened quickly and it just ended up that way.

Still doesn't make it right... too bad. Good luck to him.

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10-13-2007, 01:54 PM
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Thanks for the link. In the end, I hope he enjoys his life in Russia but that interview made me want him back even less.....

I don't see why anyone would feel sorry for him, he got the easy way out and took it. I don't hate him for it, but feel sorry for him? lol, not... He got to play Hockey in the NHL, you know how many people would die for the oppurtunity he just threw away?

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This reminds me why I miss Svitov. He was a good person and had a good head on his shoulders, he just couldn't put everything together. And ultimately, he made a very poor decision.

That said - I think we're better off without him.

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10-13-2007, 02:36 PM
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And ultimately, he made a very poor decision.
Which decision? The one where he signed with us and then went back to Russia or going back to Russia in general?

I don't think it is a poor decision for him, sounds like it is the right one. It sounds like the hockey was good here for him, but not much else was. If a guy doesn't have a life away from the rink, things could get mundane and meaningless fairly quickly. It sounds like he made the right decision for everyone.

I liked him and I will not forget his hit that knocked two Sabres down , nor will I forget the way he beat the crap out of Chicago's Duncan Keith , but if he wasn't enjoying himself in more than just he hockey aspect of his life, the jackets would have suffered eventually.

It would have been nice had he made the decision sooner because it may have facilitated different moves by Scott, but we ended up getting Peca because of it, and I am glad for that.

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Which decision? The one where he signed with us and then went back to Russia or going back to Russia in general?
Signing and then leaving.

No problems here with him wanting to go back home. My only problem is that he inked his name to a contract and turned around and left.

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It would have been nice had he made the decision sooner because it may have facilitated different moves by Scott, but we ended up getting Peca because of it, and I am glad for that.
Just for the record (and I do agree with your post). I really only have a couple of problems with what he did. After re-reading my post, I don't think I communicated what I was thinking very well.

1. His timing, as you stated.
2. His lack of communication. I don't care if we (the fans) even know why. But has he talked to the CBJ yet? If he has then I will remove this one, sort of. But, I honestly would have hoped that he would have called Howson, in person, and explained things up front and perhaps found a way to contact his teammates. It didn't sound like he had contact with any of his old team.

When I say he took the easy way out, I'm just meaning I see nothing, to this point, that indicates he took responsibilty for his actions. In all reality, I don't care what his reasoning was. It's none of my business. But, from the limited knowledge I have, it looks like he didn't handle this very well.

Time to move on and I wish him luck. I just have no desire to see him on the CBJ roster again.

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I just wonder , how much of this was really his decision. The Russians are notorious for putting serious pressure on young NHL players that return home in the off-season, trying to keep good homegrown kids to elevate the quality of their league hockey.

It would be nice if an agreement can come down where Russians have to stay in North America while under an NHL contract. This is starting to happen all too often, and teams are investing lots of dough to develop these kids and not reaping any of the rewards.

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Thanks very much for the link. It cements a lot of the impressions of Svitov, and his departure, that I had. Certainly nothing that lowers my respect for him, though I agree with Blahblah that he should have been more communicative.

Fans like to demand that "highly-paid" players be held to a higher standard than the average person. This fan does not, and this fan knows very well how quickly decisions that seemed right once upon a time can suddenly turn out to be the wrong ones.

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2. His lack of communication. I don't care if we (the fans) even know why. But has he talked to the CBJ yet? If he has then I will remove this one, sort of. But, I honestly would have hoped that he would have called Howson, in person, and explained things up front and perhaps found a way to contact his teammates. It didn't sound like he had contact with any of his old team.
I agree--the fact that Howson found out about him staying there via a phone call/internet was not good. Also, I agree that his teammates deserved more than that. He certainly could have handled it a lot better than he did.

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You are welcome - I am glad you enjoyed the interview. In regards to him returning - I wouldn't be so sure that he remains in Russia next season. Things change quickly (funny he said that!) and the situation in Omsk could degrade if the team does not meet expectations. I like Svitov and believe his NHL future is not out of the question yet. I just wish that 3rd overall selection wouldn't have put all that pressure on his shoulders and cause that unpleasant lost season of play in Russia.

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You are welcome - I am glad you enjoyed the interview. In regards to him returning - I wouldn't be so sure that he remains in Russia next season. Things change quickly (funny he said that!) and the situation in Omsk could degrade if the team does not meet expectations. I like Svitov and believe his NHL future is not out of the question yet. I just wish that 3rd overall selection wouldn't have put all that pressure on his shoulders and cause that unpleasant lost season of play in Russia.
If he decides that he wants to leave russia and come back, I highly doubt the jackets would welcome him back with open arms. He did turn his back on them and they have moved on.

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If he decides that he wants to leave russia and come back, I highly doubt the jackets would welcome him back with open arms. He did turn his back on them and they have moved on.
He certainly may not find the NHL is welcoming place if he decides to give it another shot. He had a, potentially, good thing going with the Jackets and there may, simply, be no room for him even if the Jackets were willing to forgive.

At the end of the day, he was a fringe prospect on a bad team. His play probably didn't earn him any real attention outside of the Jackets.

Hopefully this decision doesn't leave him full of regrets. People struggle their whole lives to achieve something he just threw away.

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He certainly may not find the NHL is welcoming place if he decides to give it another shot. He had a, potentially, good thing going with the Jackets and there may, simply, be no room for him even if the Jackets were willing to forgive.

At the end of the day, he was a fringe prospect on a bad team. His play probably didn't earn him any real attention outside of the Jackets.

Hopefully this decision doesn't leave him full of regrets. People struggle their whole lives to achieve something he just threw away.
From what I understand, Jay Feaster in Tampa had to spend a bunch of money to get him out of Russia to begin with so, I would imagine that he has burned a lot of bridges with his actions for sure.

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Huge svits guy on the boards, as any regular will attest to.

2 responses stood out: the first question, he said it was a done issue and the one where he set goals are his achillies heel.

I came away from this article with a simple explantion: Svitov lacks confidence in himself and when all hype about him taking the next step was mentioned, he tightened up and made a rash decision. Remember, last year we wasn't pegged to do anything really and he really showed alot, I can't believe i'm saying the NHL pressure got to him, even in Columbus, but thats how I now see it.

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3 years in Russia?

He'll never go back to the NHL

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2 responses stood out: the first question, he said it was a done issue and the one where he set goals are his achillies heel.

I came away from this article with a simple explantion: Svitov lacks confidence in himself and when all hype about him taking the next step was mentioned, he tightened up and made a rash decision.
The kid had no life outside of hockey, you gotta feel for him. It does sound like he lacks confidence & made a choice to go where he could regain stability & be among friends & family. I wish more kids would have the guts to do this as opposed to sliding into depression & the things it leads to. Best wishes & good luck to him. Burning bridges? This is a buisness...do we say GM's are "burning bridges" when they release or trade someone? The guy made a decision to get his life together, puts hockey in it's proper perspective. Life is more important than the NHL.

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He appears to be enjoying life in this vid as he beats up Darcy Verot, a name who you might be firmiliar with.....sounds like the crowd loves him too...... http://youtube.com/watch?v=q-16m5nV0ew&feature=related
a clearer view (no sound) http://youtube.com/watch?v=Dsb4qb-Gas8&feature=related

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Who is Svitov and why would I care?

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