Take it for what it's worth. Zinovjev is extremely talented (part of the deadly ZZM line in Russia with Zaripov and Morozov) but he's apparently got attitude problems, doesn't like physical play, and probably doesn't want to play in the AHL either. The Bruins tried many times to bring him over after they drafted him to no avail. In fact he still might be Bruins property...but they drafted him back in 2000 and never signed him so the rights may have expired, I'm not sure.
Seems like a very weird fit if it's true but hey, who knows. We're also apparently going after Rob Schremp
Funny you mention debuts. He had an awesome debut with the Bruins in 2003-2004 when they didn't have a 2nd line center. He made a sick pass to Samsonov for a goal and everyone thought we had our 2nd line (after the 700lb. one). Then he disappeared for 9 games, was asked to go to Providence and refused. This was after we waited a long time for him to come over.
Summer of '07, Chiarelli tried to get him to come back but money was too high. Bruins lost his rights on July 1, 2008 I believe.
2005-06 DET 75 28 59 87
2006-07 DET 79 27 60 87
2007-08 DET 82 31 66 97
2005-2006 KHL Ak-Bars Kazan 43 15 26 41
2006-2007 KHL Ak-Bars Kazan 41 19 34 53
2007-2008 KHL Ak-Bars Kazan 37 9 21 30
I know stats aren't everything, not to mention the KHL isn't exactly NHL calibre... So why the comparisons to a superstar?
were not saying he is pavel datsyuk....were saying hes plays a similar game to him also i dont get ur whole points argument....if he played 82 games a season also, it looks like he wud be getting 80-90 pts as well
you cant compare NHL with KHL numbers....its as efficient as comparing QMJHL numbers with AHL numbers.
If you want to compare his numbers then look at Pavel's numbers overseas at least
I compared the numbers to basically show that Pavel is a superstar here. Both leagues play two different games; Pavel had to adapt when he went over, while Sergei has played there for years. Simply looking at KHL numbers, it's extremely misleading. Pavels numbers are similar to Sergeis when he played in the Superleague during the lockout, yet doesn't mean he could adapt here. Vinny Lecavalier had 16 points, 7 goals in 30 games. He also had a 108 point season in the NHL. If KHL stats translated to NHL success, Bob wouldn't of hesitated to throw big money at Perehogin, with his 41 point season in 50 games in their league. Whatever, Bob and co. judge talent well and if they're willing to pay him, they probably know whether he's good or not.