Alexei Yashin is now considering again a comeback in the NHL for five games of the year in Russia. His representatives claim that the 38-year-old veteran already has an offer from the NHL to consider.
Alexei Yashin may well move towards a comeback in the NHL. There was talk about it already last year when he also held discussions with the New York Islanders - but now it seems the likelihood of a comeback slightly larger.
The 38-year-old veteran will, according to information not to return to CSKA Moscow and a return to his hometown Yekaterinburgs KHL team seems no longer relevant.
Yashins representatives indicated that he already has an offer from the NHL to consider, but which team these are not yet leaked out. It also mentions the Soviet Sport that Yashin is confident he can return to the NHL and play for another few years. Among other things, Jaromir Jagrs NHL comeback has influenced Yashin.
If it is true that Yashin is current for a comeback in the NHL said New York Islanders - who bought him out in June 2007 - to be interested. He may very well be an option for the league's other teams that need to cross the wage floor.
Yashin accounted for 20 points (9 +11) in 43 games for CSKA Moscow during the past season. Overall, he made 850 NHL games, with 781 points (337 +444) as a record. In addition to the Islanders, he has also represented Ottawa.
This seems to be the same story that appears year in and year out since the Isles bought out his deal. Now 38 years old and well past his prime, is he viable in the NHL? I would suggest he is not, and of course there will be speculation that the contract he is being offered (if its real) is from the Islanders.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND — I am of the "Don't Care" response. Just thought Isles fan wanted to know, it was that time of the summer again
Same thing every year. Do you really think Garth would consider bringing him back? If Snow wanted him back, he would've been back last season or the one before that. I do think that a team like Colombus that needs to do a serious retool, would probably not mind taking a chance with him. Yashin would bring nothing to the Isles, and its quite obvious.
Now if Wang wants him back... then welcome our new center Yashin for this season.
Outside of the Isles signing Arnott, I would think he's a viable option on a one year contract. We need a stop gap second line center for at least one year and we need to bring in the most skilled option available. IMHO, Dom Moore is not what this team needs.
We could make a trade as others suggest, but a quick look at rosters around the league finds few teams with centers that fill that role and are willing to part with them. Minn's Matt Cullen is the only player I was able to id as a player the Isles could trade for without giving up too much and handcuffing future prospect development.
However, I don't expect Yashin to be an Islander come October.
I think this is the ONLY thing the Islanders could do to make them more of a joke in the eyes of the entire world. It's nothing personal against Yashin anymore, that was a long time ago. It's like going on a date with your ex wife after a few years.. She still may be beautiful, but the memories are still there.
Edit: Also, I'm kind of happy to see after 18 votes that nobody has considered rushing Strome into that spot.
To be honest, one year as 2c i would be ok with. I nerve thought I'd say that either but if it's between rushing someone who isn't ready or playing someone out of their best fit, i.d rather yashin @ league minimum
At least let him tryout to see if he could still hang at training camp. That would be a clear indicator. To those people that say they would stop watching because of Yashin, stop. This is JT's team now, Yashin coming back if he ever does would not change a thing.