Kuznetsov threw out a number that was enormous, quite frankly. Does that mean he definitely wants to leave for North America? No. Yet it does not necessarily follow that he was laying the foundation for a realistic career contract in the KHL, either. As noted, in Europe ultra-long contracts of the type that have permeated the NHL in the last five years are uncommon.
What Kuznetsov was likely doing was saying that every man has a price. Yet he didn't throw out a terribly realistic price. He was essentially saying that you could have him if you dropped an Ovechkin contract in his lap. There IS enough money in the world to keep Kuznetsov in the KHL — that was his message. Whether that kind of money is forthcoming, and where exactly he'd set that bar, is not known.
Everyone throughout the saga has seemed to want to announce that there is some imminent conclusion where Kuznetsov is concerned. That's still premature. Could go either way, and it still doesn't look likely that we find out until the offseason.
I respect your opinion, but you pretty much trash talked the kid by saying he screwed over the team that drafted him for more many and called it "The Russian Factor"
All we are saying is that there is nothing wrong with him going to the KHL, yes I know you think he should challenge himself but that doesn't mean that he has to. If he wants go home, play for more money (tax free) that's his choice, he doesn't have to play in the NHL if he doesn't want to.
He's not going to the KHL, nor going home. He IS in the KHL already.
Why do you think that i'm one of those 3 things? All that i'm saying is that players of elite talent should be challenging themselves to be the best at what they do...
When being in the "best" league means you're getting paid less (and from all reports, significantly less) than being in an "inferior" league, you go with the league that pays you better. Same principle as any ordinary job: work with a lower-end Fortune 500 company and get paid $500 000, or work with a top-50 Fortune 500 company for $150 000?
Why should anyone blame Radulov or Kuznetsov for playing in THEIR country making 3x the amount of money (or more) they could make by playing in the NHL? Because the Predators or Capitals will get their feelings hurt? The NHL should blame themselves for limiting the amount of money teams can pay their rookies. Can't have it both ways.
This would be pretty hilarious if true. It would be like the Capitals love Russians, but Russians hate the Capitals. I'm sure he just wants to play though, and the Caps might bring him in next year, lord knows they could use him playing Chimera's spot
I don't see why Radu wouldn't seriously consider coming over after UFA's season is done and play the last few regular season games and or the playoff run. I know the Preds would accept him and he gets out of the last year of his ELC which is I'm sure a huge factor in him not returning this whole time. If UFA gets eliminated in their playoffs early this should get real interesting.
Hate to see players talk about money like Kuz did. Really makes you think theyre in it solely for the money. If Radulov comes back Nashville is an instant cup contender
cant say I blame a kid who hasnt yet earned a stockpile of money thinking about this... until you have made a big pile, you never know when the ride will end and so if he can play 3 years in Russia and make 6-9 million vs 3 years in the US making ELC money I cant say I blame him.
should give all GMs pause about drafting Russians, though...
Wonder if Yakupov is going to drop if Kuznetsov stays in Russia.
yakupov has been playing in canada, so i don't think you'll have to worry about that.
what i don't get, in kuznetsov's case, is if you don't want to come to the NHL, why declare yourself eligible for the draft? you've gotta think with all the stories surrounding this kid in his draft year that the Capitals had many discussions with him, and had to get SOME sort of re-assurances that he would come to DC, and not stay in the KHL.