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05-13-2008, 12:45 PM
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Baranka Signs with Spartak Moscow

According to eurohockey.net, Ivan Baranka has signed with Spartak Moscow.

http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/last_24_hours.html

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Wow that sucks. Was hoping to see him on the team next year.

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Guess he's not coming out of training camp.

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I may be wrong, but I think most of those contracts include an out clause for the player in case he signs with an NHL team. It may be that Baranka is just hedging his bets in case the Rangers don't extend him an offer, or maybe he just wants to play in Europe. If it's the latter, I think that will effectively end the Potter/Baranka debate

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It may end the Potter/Baranka debate but I'll never stop preaching that Corey Potter sucks and will never be Dan Girardi 2.0.

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It may end the Potter/Baranka debate but I'll never stop preaching that Corey Potter sucks and will never be Dan Girardi 2.0.
Even if he comes up to the NHL and plays well?

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05-13-2008, 01:04 PM
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Yeah, it might be an insurance move by him, but I hope the Rangers will sign him and he'll play for them again. I feel like he would have made the team by now if he could just stay healthy

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would've made much more sense to talk to him about such a move and possibly try to convince him to sign with Omsk if he didn't make the big club....I kinda have high hopes for this "working agreement", could give us an upper hand if treated properly

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Yeesh. Sincerely hope that he has an out clause and is back in North America for the next season.

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damn that sucks...i wanted to see him make the team out of camp most of all!

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I may be wrong, but I think most of those contracts include an out clause for the player in case he signs with an NHL team. It may be that Baranka is just hedging his bets in case the Rangers don't extend him an offer, or maybe he just wants to play in Europe. If it's the latter, I think that will effectively end the Potter/Baranka debate
That was my first thought when I saw this, since he's a free agent-to-be.

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i guess he plans to spend next season injured in russia instead of hartford

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If there is an out-clause...

hbe could be trying to create a little bit of leverage, in addition to the hedging.

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05-13-2008, 02:30 PM
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I find it hard to conceive that he doesn't have an out-clause.

He probably figures, quite rightly, that if he doesn't make the Rangers out of camp, it's not worth staying in Hartford. He might get better paid and will certainly face stronger competition in Russia.

Plus, who knows? If the Rangers don't hold on to his rights, another NHL team might pick him up from Russia. It's the best place for him to showcase himself.

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Howlings is not nearly as optimistic:

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Wolf Pack defensemen and restricted free agent, Ivan Baranka has apparently decided that his future in the NHL isn't as bright as he'd hoped and has opted instead to sign with Spartak Moscow.

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Maybe he caught wind of a move Sather was going to try and make?

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After the way they treated Thomas Pock after he signed an extension I would think that Baranka didn't have any confidence that the Rangers were actually going to give him a chance to make the big club. Of course there could be this "out clause" that everyone is talking about but I'm not holding my breath. I think he's gone.

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05-13-2008, 04:28 PM
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Losing Baranka and having Sauer seriously injured hurts what I considered a strength of the organization, good young defensemen. The year before this, I spent considerable time in Hartford watching the Pack. IMO, Baranka was by far the best defenseman. I still consider him a viable candidate to make the squad, if we retain his rights. Squishy, watching the Pack this year do you agree

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Who cares? Someone enlighten me as to why an injury prone 3 year Hartford vet who can't hit 30 points and got leapfrogged by Girardi AND Staal is someone we should miss? Just because he was a 2nd rounder? Because he's 23?

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From Blueshirt Bulletin:

"The move by Baranka might not exclude him from consideration for the NHL, as these types of contracts often have "out" clauses, but it does mean that he does not want to consider a return to Hartford for a fourth season in the AHL. The Rangers' second round pick (50th overall) in the 2003 draft played on game in the NHL last season at a pro-rated NHL salary of $521,667 and registered one assist. A series of injuries have limited the defenseman to no more than 62 games in any one season (last season). He turns 23 this coming Monday and is a restricted free agent."

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05-13-2008, 05:17 PM
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Quite frankly, he probably felt the org invested more in others and there were basically no room in the NHL to start with.

Will we still own his rights in the future?

Playing in Europe might actually be good for him. Like he ahve been in NA a long time now.

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Losing Baranka and having Sauer seriously injured hurts what I considered a strength of the organization, good young defensemen. The year before this, I spent considerable time in Hartford watching the Pack. IMO, Baranka was by far the best defenseman. I still consider him a viable candidate to make the squad, if we retain his rights. Squishy, watching the Pack this year do you agree
A season ago, he was one of my favorite players to watch in Hartford and easily Hartford's best defenseman. This year, he was inconsistent and probably the 3rd best defenseman on the team behind Hutch and Potter. He had a good shot to make the team out of camp last season, had a poor camp, and ended up stuck in Hartford because of the Rangers habit of stockpiling pseudo-NHL defensemen on the roster in NY. I don't blame him for looking elsewhere, because in any other organization he would have had more than 1 game in which to try to prove himself by now. He's on the bubble. There's really not much more for him to prove in Hartford, and if he thinks he's not going to get a shot this fall (or wants an alternative if he ends up getting sent straight back to Hartford) I can't blame him for wanting to try his hand in a league that's a step up from the AHL, and earn some extra money at the same time. If it works out, once the Rangers rights expire, maybe he gets a look from another team.

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And in the meantime he'll be making a lot more money waiting for his chance to play in the NHL.

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Who cares? Someone enlighten me as to why an injury prone 3 year Hartford vet who can't hit 30 points and got leapfrogged by Girardi AND Staal is someone we should miss? Just because he was a 2nd rounder? Because he's 23?
Was thinking the same thing.

A guy that couldn't stay healthy and was an afterthought in terms of depth at the NHL level is leaving to the RSL?

No loss.

As for the out? With the RSL's push to compete hard and heavy with the NHL, I highly doubt he has an out in his contract.

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I think Baranka was worth a longer look and as Squishy eluded to would have probably have been higher on the depth chart of other teams who may not have fringe NHL quality players such as Backman and Struds taking up positions...

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