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Andrei Kostitsyn signs with Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)

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09-14-2012, 01:41 PM
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Huh?
The whole story about Radulov forcefully taking AK against his will out to dinner, forcing him to miss curfew. Remember that one?

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09-14-2012, 01:59 PM
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And the GM's make another dumb move.

All that non-sense via Soviet-region players is ridiculous.

Not drafting Slepyshev was another.

How can this happen srsly ? The guy played right for us. He played right for Nashville.

Sure he's pretty dumb and has made mistake(and will likely redo them.) but **** it did Chelios never make any ?

At the end of the day it's Hockey teams of the NHL that are big losers. GM are getting their head driven by the media like in every other capitalist part of the world.

Damn media.

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The whole story about Radulov forcefully taking AK against his will out to dinner, forcing him to miss curfew. Remember that one?
That sounds really awkward when you put it like that.

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That sounds really awkward when you put it like that.
Well, it was all Radulov's fault. AK was the well-fed victim.

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Well, it was all Radulov's fault. AK was the well-fed victim.
I agree.

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09-14-2012, 02:08 PM
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Well, it was all Radulov's fault. AK was the well-fed victim.
Thing is, AK had his best game the night after that. Radulov is worst.

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I will just assume that some NHL teams *were* offering him a contract... just a discounted trial 1-y/$2M-ish one based on some of his documented struggles/issues. He's too good a player for 30 GMs to all pass on him. But for him, it might have just been smarter to take the money in the KHL, and actually play.

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I will just assume that some NHL teams *were* offering him a contract... just a discounted trial 1-y/$2M-ish one based on some of his documented struggles/issues. He's too good a player for 30 GMs to all pass on him. But for him, it might have just been smarter to take the money in the KHL, and actually play.
I don't know.. it's not that big of a paycut.. I think he would've accepted.

Maybe he didnt like his options ? Some teams arent too appealing.

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Always liked the guy. Super skilled but never seemed to be able to produce the way he should. He could hit like a truck, was a great playmaker, and had a hard shot. He floated around to much, but I thought for sure someone would take him.

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I don't know.. it's not that big of a paycut.. I think he would've accepted.

Maybe he didnt like his options ? Some teams arent too appealing.
Well, or they *were* offering the discounted deal in July, and AK was waiting for something better, but even the discounted offer evapourated subsequently.

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09-14-2012, 02:35 PM
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I believe he really did consider the NHL over anywhere else; otherwise he wouldn't have waited this long to leave. If he wanted the money and the KHL offer was on the table months ago, I think he would have made up his mind and taken it then.

I also would have liked him to stay in Nashville. It just seemed "right" but unfortunately for both him and Radulov, it didn't work out and now they sit in another league apart from each other. I also agree that Nashville might have taken the situation a bit too seriously, but Poile and Trotz want hard workers and don't have time for shenanigans. I think it was fair to give up on Radulov, as he let them down time and time again, but Kostitsyn I thought deserved another chance. Apparently they felt differently.

There had to be NHL teams offering him something though. For whatever reason he didn't find a new home. I thought Buffalo, Montreal, Phoenix, or New Jersey could have been teams wanting him. Oh well. Hope to see him come back eventually. He's definitely a good player and is NHL-caliber.

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09-14-2012, 02:53 PM
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I believe he really did consider the NHL over anywhere else; otherwise he wouldn't have waited this long to leave. If he wanted the money and the KHL offer was on the table months ago, I think he would have made up his mind and taken it then.

I also would have liked him to stay in Nashville. It just seemed "right" but unfortunately for both him and Radulov, it didn't work out and now they sit in another league apart from each other. I also agree that Nashville might have taken the situation a bit too seriously, but Poile and Trotz want hard workers and don't have time for shenanigans. I think it was fair to give up on Radulov, as he let them down time and time again, but Kostitsyn I thought deserved another chance. Apparently they felt differently.

There had to be NHL teams offering him something though. For whatever reason he didn't find a new home. I thought Buffalo, Montreal, Phoenix, or New Jersey could have been teams wanting him. Oh well. Hope to see him come back eventually. He's definitely a good player and is NHL-caliber.
My feeling too. Radulov made some dumb decision off the ice and played poorly on the ice in the playoffs. AK was there second best forward (or near that.)

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Okay with it. Not a drama queen like Poile or Trotz. He's not a boogeyman. Will be interesting to see if he plays on a line with Kuznetsov.

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Pretty confident he would have been on an NHL team if he chose to be. With the lock out pretty much guaranteed this seems like a smart move by AK. We'll probably see him back in the NHL in a year, after a great season in the KHL.

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Kinda surprised by this. I would have taken him on the Leafs for a good deal. Guy is a good player.

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Not shocking if true... Probably a good salary playing for a good team/club in a good league that is actually having a season.

Obviously not a player who will lead a team to glory but in the right situation is still a pretty useful player in the NHL. Although I am sure in some people's opinion if he does end up in a league that isn't the NHL he will go from being a decent, fairly productive yet inconsistant and frustrating player to a total bum.

I am sure if some team offered him many millions over multiple years he would be sticking around but for some players, especially those from the former USSR/eastern block, if they aren't satisfied with the market, there are now lucrative & attractive options avaiable to them outside of the NHL.

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The whole story about Radulov forcefully taking AK against his will out to dinner, forcing him to miss curfew. Remember that one?
And people actually believed that?

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Did he really exhaust all his NHL options?

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Addition by subtraction, IMO.

Solid decision by new Habs' management. Regardless of whether you believe he could have helped this season, it is important to have a vision with regard to how you want a young team to grow.

Obviously, they believed he would not have assisted in that role. I tend to agree.

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Meh, I wish the Canucks had signed him, but I guess it would have killed any chance we had at Doan. Ah well, what's done is Doan.

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Hahaha, alright fellas, where's everyone from the other AK thread that kept insisting he'd remain in the NHL and continuously piled on people who claimed otherwise? Time to take your lumps.

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Ahh, I had hoped that Andrei was Gillis' back up plan if Doan signed with Phoenix (which he did). Wish him the best of luck, always liked him.

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Good riddance. See you later you lazy bum.

Story is also on rds http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/347890.html
Shouldn't this be enough for confirmation? Prefix should be changed.

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