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10-15-2013, 07:55 PM
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Ruslan "Rusty" Salei

I saw some psychic show this weekend and it involved Salei's family trying to get in contact with his spirit.

It got me thinking about one of my favourite NHL players and what everyone else thought about him?

What did everyone think about him when he broke into the league and thereafter. Would you say his crowning achievement was the Game 3 OT winner against New Jersey in 2003? Or being captain of the 4th place Belorussian team at the 2002 Olympics?

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I wanted the Pens to sign him coming out of the lockout. I was always a fan.

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A good bottom 4 defenseman to have around. I was never a fan but I didnt dislike him either.

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Captain of Team Belarus in SLC for sure. Miracle on Ice in the new millennium.

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An underrated 2nd pairing guy, I've thought. He was 2nd in ice time in the Ducks Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals run. He was top-3 in ice time most years (over his first decade plus) until his second last year he was 4th, and then his last year was in Detroit he was 36 years old and in the 14th year of his NHL career so his third pairing role was certainly not typical of his career.

Drafted 9th overall in the 1st round, with a long, solid NHL career as a non-flashy Euro blueliner (Tyutin-like), Salei met a tragic end at the start of a KHL career.

There are so many solid second pairing long-career NHLers worthy of recognition, and he's among them.

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I often associate him with this dirty check. For whatever reason this play never got the publicity on an all-time front that I think it should. Probably because Modano didn't end up paralyzed - somehow.

He slew foot a couple other players but this is the thing that sticks out in my mind about him. He could have done so many things at that point. The most notable could have been hang onto Modano and then shove him into the boards once he was right next to them. That way he is out of the play, but not hurt. But this play was just downright vicious. That is no man's land right there for Modano.

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I often associate him with this dirty check. For whatever reason this play never got the publicity on an all-time front that I think it should. Probably because Modano didn't end up paralyzed - somehow.

He slew foot a couple other players but this is the thing that sticks out in my mind about him. He could have done so many things at that point. The most notable could have been hang onto Modano and then shove him into the boards once he was right next to them. That way he is out of the play, but not hurt. But this play was just downright vicious. That is no man's land right there for Modano.
He leg-whipped Daniel Briere in a preseason game, which left Briere unconscious and convulsing.

Salei could have ultimately been a more physical Rostislav Klesla. But for me anyway, there were too many moments that showed a complete lack of respect for opposing players.

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Loved Salei on the Panthers then he was traded for Skrastins and I really liked him too. It's a tragedy they were both on that Lokomotiv club.

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he was good his first year for the Avs, just alright after that. he had some back problems though.

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he was a longtime fan favorite in Anaheim and even after he left

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