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05-28-2012, 11:27 AM
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Koko's going to be the new Soderberg.
i pray to god that that is not the case

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No he hasn't imo but as a Bruins fan I don't mind him going to the KHL as long as he comes back in two years. The KHL will surely be a higher level of competition and I don't think he makes the Bruins in 2013-2014 so two years in Russia might be the best for him.

As a London Knights fan, I love this move as London & Windsor are shaping up to be two of the best OHL teams next year and this obviously hurts Windsor big time. Another team to watch out for in the O next year is Guelph. The only players they're losing are the 3 OA's of which two were 2nd pairing D and the other the back-up goalie. They have a lot of kids who were 16/17 this year and should improve next year.
Sure but will he come back his dad Igor Khokhlachev is the new general manager of Moscow Spartak’s KHL club.
Could have taken Brandon Saad with that pick very risky picking Russians.

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05-28-2012, 01:10 PM
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Sure but will he come back his dad Igor Khokhlachev is the new general manager of Moscow Spartak’s KHL club.
Could have taken Brandon Saad with that pick very risky picking Russians.
Seriously? You've got to be kidding me. Now I'm pissed. So much for wanting to play in the NHL.

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Seriously? You've got to be kidding me. Now I'm pissed. So much for wanting to play in the NHL.
Wait a sec. What does his father's job have to do with Koko wanting to play in the NHL?

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Wait a sec. What does his father's job have to do with Koko wanting to play in the NHL?
You honestly don't see the very possible result of that?

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05-28-2012, 03:52 PM
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You honestly don't see the very possible result of that?
I see a variety of possible scenarios, none of which I can say with any certainty is accurate.

If Koko wanted to play in the KHL and not the NHL, why not just stay in Russia? He could have done that; heck, wasn't he pressured to do that? Why come to North America, why say he wants to play in the NHL? Why bother?

Perhaps he sees a way to play for Spartak - which he has said he wanted to do some day - before his NHL career, rather than after. Perhaps he thinks the KHL is better for his development than the OHL at this point. Perhaps he wants to cash in for a couple of years before joining the Bruins. Perhaps he was lying through his teeth and has no interest in playing in the NHL. Perhaps he's being pressured by his parents. Right now, I have no idea at all, and neither does anyone else here.

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Sure but will he come back his dad Igor Khokhlachev is the new general manager of Moscow Spartak’s KHL club.
Could have taken Brandon Saad with that pick very risky picking Russians.
I wish they had taken Saad regardless of whether Koko comes back or not.

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Perhaps he sees a way to play for Spartak - which he has said he wanted to do some day - before his NHL career, rather than after. Perhaps he thinks the KHL is better for his development than the OHL at this point. Perhaps he wants to cash in for a couple of years before joining the Bruins. Perhaps he was lying through his teeth and has no interest in playing in the NHL. Perhaps he's being pressured by his parents. Right now, I have no idea at all, and neither does anyone else here.
And that's why I hate drafting Russians with early picks. Any other player and those perhaps' don't exist. I'm fine with him going to Russia for two years as long as he comes back in 2014-2015. I'm not very optimistic that he is coming back in two years though.

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KHL is better competition than the OHL. He will likely get 50 games + KHL playoffs, then international for 10 games of so. Workload is pretty similar overall.

As long as he hits the weight rooms, works on his game, and plays his butt off, no biggie if he's there next year.

A bit frustrating but at the same time he's probably not ready for the NHL and the AHL/KHL debate is a bit overblown.

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05-28-2012, 07:32 PM
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Wait a sec. What does his father's job have to do with Koko wanting to play in the NHL?
Seriously? You are not dumb arty.

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05-29-2012, 08:01 AM
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Koko's going to be the new Soderberg.
Good, cuz Soderberg wants to come to camp in the Fall.

No, really.

It was in the Globe.


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05-29-2012, 08:28 AM
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Have fun playing in a glorified Senior hockey league Koko, if you want to stay in Canada I heard the Wild Goose league is looking for players, Ministikwin is always looking for talented players.

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05-29-2012, 08:41 AM
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Wait a sec. What does his father's job have to do with Koko wanting to play in the NHL?
Everything.

The whole thing started with his fathers comments about signing a good contract with the Bruins and playing in a place where he is challenged more and all that.

Surprise, surprise dad happens to be the GM of the KHL team who's been after Koko since day 1. If that's not pressure both personally and professionally I don't know what is.

Being pressured by a parent sucks in any situation but in a professional setting it is even worse.

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I'd make him a Q.O. before July 1 and just wait. When he's ready to come back at least he'll have experience in a competitive league, better than the AHL.

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Why would a young player, playing for his father's team, making three times atleast what he would make over here, IF he makes the team, even come over here?

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Why would a young player, playing for his father's team, making three times atleast what he would make over here, IF he makes the team, even come over here?
Perhaps he came to juniors originally in order to acclimate to the North American and to show that he was interested in playing in the NHL.

It makes all the sense in the world for him to go to the KHL now. It would likely take another year in juniors, and two years in the AHL, before he is ready to play in Boston. If he can make money, live at home, and play in a more competitive league, why would he decide to do anything else.

I bet he still has plans to play in the NHL. I'm not too worried.

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05-29-2012, 11:18 AM
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Perhaps he came to juniors originally in order to acclimate to the North American and to show that he was interested in playing in the NHL.

It makes all the sense in the world for him to go to the KHL now. It would likely take another year in juniors, and two years in the AHL, before he is ready to play in Boston. If he can make money, live at home, and play in a more competitive league, why would he decide to do anything else.

I bet he still has plans to play in the NHL. I'm not too worried.
I hope you're right and that could be the master plan....

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Bye bye Koko. Didn't even know you!

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I don't like the fact that he would be taking off to Russia but at the same time I understand why. If he does come back eventually, this wouldn't be a bad thing for his development

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Perhaps he came to juniors originally in order to acclimate to the North American and to show that he was interested in playing in the NHL.

It makes all the sense in the world for him to go to the KHL now. It would likely take another year in juniors, and two years in the AHL, before he is ready to play in Boston. If he can make money, live at home, and play in a more competitive league, why would he decide to do anything else.

I bet he still has plans to play in the NHL. I'm not too worried.
Bravo

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Perhaps he came to juniors originally in order to acclimate to the North American and to show that he was interested in playing in the NHL.

It makes all the sense in the world for him to go to the KHL now. It would likely take another year in juniors, and two years in the AHL, before he is ready to play in Boston. If he can make money, live at home, and play in a more competitive league, why would he decide to do anything else.

I bet he still has plans to play in the NHL. I'm not too worried.
Hopefully...but then again...most people who live with their parents until they're 30 had a master plan when they first moved back as well


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Hopefully...but then again...most people who live with their parents until their 30 had a master plan when they first moved back as well

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Hopefully...but then again...most people who live with their parents until their 30 had a master plan when they first moved back as well
Nothing wrong with moving out at 30 (or 9 months before) lol. (I'm joking)

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As long as the B's maintain his rights, I don't see this as that big of a deal. He'll go over to Russia and gain valuable experience playing against better competition than he would get in the OHL. He's still only 19 years old. I imagine he'll play 2 or 3 years in Russia then come over and nab a spot on the B's.

If he did this after signing a contract with the B's I'd be pissed, but he's getting a chance to play and get good $$$ in the KHL. If I were his age and Russian I'd do the same thing.

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The way I see it, he had 2 options.

(A) Play in a foreign country for peanuts. (OHL)
(B) Play for your dad in your own country for $$$. (KHL)

It's a no-brainer to me. I might not like it as a B's fan, but really
you can't blame the kid. I would have picked option "B" too.

I love my dad.
I love my country.
I love $$$.

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05-30-2012, 12:04 PM
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The way I see it, he had 2 options.

(A) Play in a foreign country for peanuts. (OHL)
(B) Play for your dad in your own country for $$$. (KHL)

It's a no-brainer to me. I might not like it as a B's fan, but really
you can't blame the kid. I would have picked option "B" too.

I love my dad.
I love my country.
I love $$$.
Totally agree it's a no brainer decent money in KHL 13% flat tax rate less games less physical game than NHL at home with family don't get sent down to AHL club etc.

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