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04-13-2013, 11:01 AM
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Flyers offer Nikita Zaitsev a contract (Apr. 12: Flyers deny rumor)

For all those of you who think the Flyers hate Russians:

http://www.***********/r/Flyers/comme...ontract_to_21/

Flyers have reportedly offered a contract to 21 year old Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev.

He went undrafted, but I remember him being ranked well. Will have to dig out back issues of Draft Preview later.

Found this too: Was on Flyers' radar during his draft year.

http://philabright.com/2010/06/18/wh...ikita-zaytsev/

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04-13-2013, 11:03 AM
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They clearly have him confused with Nikita Zadorov

Look for Zadorov to be drafted e4

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18 points in 49 KHL games. Not bad

6'1" 176lbs. Will probably need to bulk up a bit if he hopes to be an nhl defenseman, but he's only 21 so that's promising.

Don't mind this signing. Well have a good amount of guys to watch for the phantoms next season.

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I read this as Nikolai Zherdev at first glance hahaha

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Anthony SanFilippo asked yesterday and was told it was an inaccurate report.

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04-13-2013, 11:17 AM
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Anthony SanFilippo asked yesterday and was told it was an inaccurate report.
I saw this yesterday and thought the same thing. But if Im not mistaken though, they club usually doesnt state if they have interest until AFTER they sign the players. Im guessing this is true especially for KHL players.

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"Defender of "Siberia" Nikita Zaitsev can become a player NHL "Philadelphia Flyers." As said at the meeting with fans of the club general manager Siberian Cyril Fastovsky expected that "Philadelphia" will offer a three-year bilateral agreement Zaitsev.
What that sounds like is the player has been offered a contract and they are waiting to see if he accepts it or not.

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I saw this yesterday and thought the same thing. But if Im not mistaken though, they club usually doesnt state if they have interest until AFTER they sign the players. Im guessing this is true especially for KHL players.
I changed the title in the subject to a "rumor." If and when an update is issued, we can make the proper note.

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They clearly have him confused with Nikita Zadorov

Look for Zadorov to be drafted e4
I totally saw this coming from Krishna.

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Nice. Hopefully we get him. Judging on stats and specs alone he seems to have some promise.

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I changed the title in the subject to a "rumor." If and when an update is issued, we can make the proper note.
Sounds good. Ya I didnt post anything here yesterday after seeing it because how sketchy it looks, but I can see why there are conflicting reports. The NHL-KHL thing has a lot of tension I guess one can say so I wouldnt be surprised if the Flyers are trying to keep it hush until he actually signs.

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An intelligent back with good passing skill. Plays simple and wants to avoid mistakes. Good size, but can develop his physical game. It seems that he has an offensive games within him

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For all those of you who think the Flyers hate Russians:

http://www.***********/r/Flyers/comme...ontract_to_21/

Flyers have reportedly offered a contract to 21 year old Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev.

He went undrafted, but I remember him being ranked well. Will have to dig out back issues of Draft Preview later.

Found this too: Was on Flyers' radar during his draft year.

http://philabright.com/2010/06/18/wh...ikita-zaytsev/
These reports seem pretty promising. Ranked high in a lot of strength categories. Says he has a strong will to come to the nhl even is bilingual. Hawks and flyers were interested on him at his draft class and was thought to be lower down just because of the khl thing. Was a top 5 tanked skater for dmen that year. Not sure why people want to get rid of homer he is active and is trying (UFA and RFA activity this past offseason)

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I love moves like this. Can never have enough young talent, and the more guys like this you sign the more likely it is you get another nhl caliber top 4 guy without breaking the bank

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Hope it's true and he accepts. Don't know anything about him but being as though he's laying in the KHL I think it's safe to say he's better than any of our current d prospects.

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I predict he is a Norris finalist in three years after playing well next year, having a sophomore slump, turned on by fans and traded away ....

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About time they start exploring options overseas- as far as defenseman go.

He has about as good of a profile as you will find of an undrafted defenseman.

-lots of international experience
-4 full seasons in the KHL
-good size
-good mobility
-much improved offensive game
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Here is the write up translated from EP:
"An intelligent back with a good passing game. Plays easily and want to avoid mistakes. Decent size, but can develop their physical game. Feels like he has an offensive game within itself."

If it's a young RHS from the back-end, I'm all for it. Hopefully, patience will be a factor with him, provided this is true.

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isn't Zaitsev the name of the protagonist at Enemy at the Gates? if so, he's already got a nickname

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isn't Zaitsev the name of the protagonist at Enemy at the Gates? if so, he's already got a nickname
Jude Law ... Vassili Zaitsev - - - YEP... haha

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isn't Zaitsev the name of the protagonist at Enemy at the Gates? if so, he's already got a nickname
FWIW, his youth team in Russia was Snipers

Zaitsev has been a regular in past Rags summer camps, also kid has been working with Gary Roberts on his fitness.

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Sniper Zaitsev it is, now just sign on the line

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I was thinking the same thing.. Russian Sniper Zaitsev to the flyers? Off topic but enemy at the gates is a great movie

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FWIW, his youth team in Russia was Snipers

Zaitsev has been a regular in past Rags summer camps, also kid has been working with Gary Roberts on his fitness.
This is good news. Now sign him.

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Really like the work homer is doing to get us some good prospects

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