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05-20-2009, 02:04 AM
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Alexander Nikulin back to Russia

from www.russianprospects.com

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National Hockey League (NHL) - "My contract ended and I decided to return back home. I don't want to sign a two-way contract and most likely they wouldn't offer me a one-way deal" - these the words of Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes) after he signed a deal with CSKA Moscow. The young center played two seasons in America, mostly in the AHL farm teams of the Ottawa Senators and the Phoenix Coyotes. He did play in the NHL, but just three matches, without scoring a single point.

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OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I know we got him from Ottawa, but I don't even rember what we traded for him.

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OH NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I know we got him from Ottawa, but I don't even rember what we traded for him.
Drew Fata?

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Drew Fata?
Two names that will go down in history with the likes of Martin Podlesak, Goran Bezina, Severin Blindebacher, Kiril Safronov, Brad Ralph, Ramzi Abid, Randall Gelech, Joe Callahan, Matthew Spiller, Patrick DesRochers, Roman Tomanek, Tavis Hansen, Tyler Redenbach, Jeff Taffe, Jakub Koreis, Lance Monych, Richard Lintner, Wyatt Smith, Erik Westrum, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Jason Jaspers, and Liam Lindstrom.

Who? You had to be there. Three cheers for Bobby Smith! Three cheers for Mike Barnett!

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Meh, I wish him luck. It's not like he trashed the team or something. He probably just realizes that making and staying in the NHL is beyond his talent or effort level and decided to go home, keep playing the game he loves and still earn a nice paycheck.

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I hope this doesn't impact Jerry Reinsdorf's interest in the team. I would hate to see the Nikulin factor decide the fate of the Coyotes in Phoenix.


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It's a sad day, but we all knew the Alexander Nikulin era had to end sometime.

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And once again I make the wrong call when choosing the name to put on my jersey.

Damned hunches.

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I feel your pain. On an unrelated note, can anyone recommend a good tattoo removal service.

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Two names that will go down in history with the likes of Martin Podlesak, Goran Bezina, Severin Blindebacher, Kiril Safronov, Brad Ralph, Ramzi Abid, Randall Gelech, Joe Callahan, Matthew Spiller, Patrick DesRochers, Roman Tomanek, Tavis Hansen, Tyler Redenbach, Jeff Taffe, Jakub Koreis, Lance Monych, Richard Lintner, Wyatt Smith, Erik Westrum, Pier-Olivier Pelletier, Jason Jaspers, and Liam Lindstrom.

Who? You had to be there. Three cheers for Bobby Smith! Three cheers for Mike Barnett!
Fata was a Maloney signing.

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I saw a couple flashes from him that suggested he has the ability to be a regular NHL player. I seem to recall Jeff noting his lack of consistency in SA.

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He'll go play in the KHL and be a decent player....good luck to him.

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I feel your pain. On an unrelated note, can anyone recommend a good tattoo removal service.
Damn, I ran out of emoticons. Where's the one where you laugh so hard you puke? Preferably on David Hale. That would be classic.

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Fata was a Maloney signing.
Yeah, but our ten picks in the best draft in a decade('03) that have a combined total of ZERO NHL games played are all Barnett, baby!

SEMI OT: You guys thought we were bad, last season? The New York Islanders had both Matthew Spiller and Joe Callahan play in NHL games for them, last season.

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Yeah, but our ten picks in the best draft in a decade('03) that have a combined total of ZERO NHL games played are all Barnett, baby!
Bickley is that you?

sure, pick out the year Barnett didn't have a 1st or 2nd pick because Fletcher traded them in 2001.

why don't you look at the 2004 draft and judge Barnett on that?

Wheeler, Logan Stephenson, Lisin, Tomanek, Porter, Kevin Cormier, Kolarik, Aaron Gagnon, 'Bill' Engasser, Winnik

Now if you blame Barnett for Wheeler's back-stabbing decision then I'll know you're Bickley.

In 2005 you can add Hanzal & Yandle; 2006: Mueller, Summers, Ahnelov, Frank & Ferreiro.

Even if you drop out Wheeler, Hanzal, & Mueller (if you want to assume players drafted in the top 20 are sure things, although look at the players drafted around Hanzal), Barnett is responsible for Lisin, Porter, Kolarik, Winnik, Yandle, Summers, Ahnelov over the period of 3 years. Nothing to scoff at.

I'm all for bashing Bobby Smiths lame drafting, but if you judge Barnett over his whole body of work he actually drafted 10-15 players that will contribute directly or indirectly to the Coyotes for the next 20years as compared to Smith's 1....who by the way is still contributing indirectly in some form of Lombardi and the conditional first from the Flames.


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Here you can find an interview with Nikulin I translated for rp.com
http://www.russianprospects.com/publ...article_id=648
he seems to be not fond of AHL hockey. I can understand him

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Here you can find an interview with Nikulin I translated for rp.com
http://www.russianprospects.com/publ...article_id=648
he seems to be not fond of AHL hockey. I can understand him
Sounds like it's "good riddance" from both sides.

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Sports.ru: After two years in North America, why did you return? Wasnít there any chance to stay with Phoenix, or to try and make it with another NHL team?
Alexander Nikulin: I went to North America having a two-year deal with Ottawa. My goal was to make the team in that time, after which it wouldíve been possible to think about further perspectives. But this past season everything went wrong. After that, Iím not sure I couldíve counted on some new deal, much less a one-way contract. So next season Iíll be playing in Russia.


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Again, good riddance for both sides.

It sounds as though Nikulin doesn't like North American style hockey (I can't say as I blame him - I personally prefer the European speed/skill game). That's all well and good, but it sounds like his attitude was pretty egotistical and arrogant for a guy trying to break into the league.

He'll be happy in Russia playing with his pals and playing Russian hockey. Good for him.

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