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07-07-2007, 10:34 PM
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Has Ozolinsh retired?

Hey Rangers fans, just a passing curiosity: has Sandis Ozolinsh officially retired yet? I know he was brutal this year and can't imagine anybody picking him up again, but I don't think I've heard whether or not he's officially hanging 'em up or not.

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07-07-2007, 11:06 PM
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Havent heard anything, we released him in November or something anyway

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Havent heard anything, we released him in November or something anyway
No we didn't. He was injured and we sent him down but all this ****ing drama because he and his agent are *******s so we got screwed into actually having his salary count against our cap all year.

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Don't know about Ozolinsh, don't really care. He'll probably play in Europe or Russia, if he plays at all.

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his contract expired with us, so hes technically an UFA.

my guess is he plays in europe.

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O well.

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getting ozzie was the worst deal Sather could ever make. It's even worse than signing the pact with the "devil" I want Lundy signed now, I can't sleep anymore. The King needs his throne.

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There was some question about an injury (knee?)--going back and forth to doctors that kept Ozo on our payroll after we sent him to the minors. It may or may not be the case that he is finished. Not a good player for us and I'm glad he's gone. I wish New Jersey, the Flyers or the Islanders would sign him.

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getting ozzie was the worst deal Sather could ever make. It's even worse than signing the pact with the "devil" I want Lundy signed now, I can't sleep anymore. The King needs his throne.
Ozo filled a need that we had, yea he was high risk player, but no one thought he would be as bad as he was. he was doomed to fail from the start, personal issues aside The guy could not keep up with the speed of the "new" NHL.

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My uncle knows him (Played hockey in latvia for some time) and said that he was a really nice guy (drinking issues aside, big problem in LV) and that when he came to the NHL no one knew how to use his talents, he played with the soviet elite league when he was 17, also played juniors and the national team all coached by some of the greatest soviet coaches who were masters at their craft. I think he just didn't mesh well in the NHL, He would be better off playing over seas.

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Glad to se him go.. feel bad he had some personal issues but he just couldnt cut it in the NHL... basicly traded Ville for him.... not the worst trade in the world.... not the greatest either...

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i had high exspectations for him when he came here. If you looked at his early career with the sharks and avs, he was amazing, but I think hes finally done now. Too bad

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hes hanging out at the bar right now, let him be and lets move on and never talk about this guy ever EVER again.

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I'm glad Ozolinsh is gone, he didn't do anything for the team when he was on it. Once we stopped playing him we actually started winning games.

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My uncle knows him (Played hockey in latvia for some time) and said that he was a really nice guy (drinking issues aside, big problem in LV) and that when he came to the NHL no one knew how to use his talents, he played with the soviet elite league when he was 17, also played juniors and the national team all coached by some of the greatest soviet coaches who were masters at their craft. I think he just didn't mesh well in the NHL, He would be better off playing over seas.
No one knew how to use his talents? That's about as untrue as possible. He was an all-star defenseman in his prime and one of the best offensive defenseman out there at times. He just declined a lot more rapidly than he should have. That's all.

And the reason he'd be better overseas is because he's just not good enough to play in the NHL anymore. Not because of some misunderstanding of his talents.

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I'm glad Ozolinsh is gone, he didn't do anything for the team when he was on it. Once we stopped playing him we actually started winning games.
No, that is not true.

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Hey Rangers fans, just a passing curiosity: has Sandis Ozolinsh officially retired yet? I know he was brutal this year and can't imagine anybody picking him up again, but I don't think I've heard whether or not he's officially hanging 'em up or not.

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YES, he just doesn't know it!

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No one knew how to use his talents? That's about as untrue as possible. He was an all-star defenseman in his prime and one of the best offensive defenseman out there at times. He just declined a lot more rapidly than he should have. That's all.

And the reason he'd be better overseas is because he's just not good enough to play in the NHL anymore. Not because of some misunderstanding of his talents.
Agreed. He's had a pretty good career (14 year veteran, 7 time All-Star, scored over 60 points twice, played in over 130 playoff games, has his name on a Stanley Cup) for someone whose talents have never been used properly.

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he just couldnt cut it in the NHL
Yeah, couldn't cut it in the NHL? The guy was a perennial All-Star.

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...He just declined a lot more rapidly than he should have. That's all.
Why & How... ?

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Why & How... ?
Because he got old and his play fell off? That's pretty much the same reason as everyone else.

That and his alcoholism. His chapter was closed before it should have been, but it was his own fault. If he hadn't been a drunk, he probably could have had 2 or 3 more good years. But he's an older guy. You have to remember that. He's 35 now. He was 34 last year. And 33 the year before. His prime came and went at an earlier age and his play just dropped off. It's a shame, but it happens.

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Agreed. He's had a pretty good career (14 year veteran, 7 time All-Star, scored over 60 points twice, played in over 130 playoff games, has his name on a Stanley Cup) for someone whose talents have never been used properly.
Totally. I mean, I know Latvians don't have good hockey players for the most part and he was a bit of a bright spot, but he was definitely used right. He was a fantastic player for a number of years. It's just revisionist history, IMO, to say that he wasn't used right back in the day when he was being voted onto All-Star teams left and right.

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Because he got old and his play fell off? That's pretty much the same reason as everyone else.

That and his alcoholism. His chapter was closed before it should have been, but it was his own fault. If he hadn't been a drunk, he probably could have had 2 or 3 more good years. But he's an older guy. You have to remember that. He's 35 now. He was 34 last year. And 33 the year before. His prime came and went at an earlier age and his play just dropped off. It's a shame, but it happens.
So when did the knee injury come into play? Was he already in a downward spiral at that point and it was just the nail in the coffin?

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So when did the knee injury come into play? Was he already in a downward spiral at that point and it was just the nail in the coffin?
Did you watch him play the year he was traded to us? He was awful. The downward spiral began in 2003-2004, really.

I feel sorry for the guy since he seems decent enough, but to be honest -- he and his agent can go **** themselves for trying to stick it to our team last year with his ******** after being waived.

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He was a Norris Trophy finalist too I think when Leetch won in 97.

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