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Flyers seek to sign 2011 WJC gold medalist D Nikita Zaitsev

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04-15-2013, 05:08 AM
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Flyers seek to sign 2011 WJC gold medalist D Nikita Zaitsev

- Sibir Novosibirsk GM Kirill Fastovsky claimed yesterday.

"Philadelphia Flyers offered a 3-year contract to Nikita Zaitsev, 2-way of course. Considering his hard-nosed nature, i think he might just accept it", stated Fastovsky at a yearly meeting with fans.

Nikita Zaitsev is a 21-year-old 6'1", 187 lb D-man coming off his fourth KHL season with Sibir, where he was named team captain in the end of this season. This year he established himself as top-pairing and PP regular, collecting 18 (7+11) points in 49 games and one goal in 7 playoff games. Currently Zaitsev is with team Russia at the Eurochallenge, being considered a possible candidate for IIHF WC 2013. He made his debut with first Russian national side last season, when he posted an assist through three Eurotour games.

Zaitsev wasn't drafted in NHL despite being a regular during WJC 2011, where team Russia made an impressive playoff run eventually rallying from 0-3 deficit to beat Canada in the gold medal game. In 2009 he was taken 4th overall by Sibir in KHL draft and has been an important piece there ever since. He is a free agent starting April 30.


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He wont accept two way deal. One way for 3+ mil USD per season is another story.

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being a 21 yo, he can't ask for a one-way deal. he is subject to ELC which is obligatory 2-way.

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being a 21 yo, he can't ask for a one-way deal. he is subject to ELC which is obligatory 2-way.
Who cares? Why should he care? All this Flyers interest is nonsense, everyone knows it.

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being a 21 yo, he can't ask for a one-way deal. he is subject to ELC which is obligatory 2-way.
i dont think its realistic, hell likely go to one of the richer clubs in the khl, and thats surely better than to face a dubious prospect of playing in the ahl for peanuts.

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i dont think its realistic, hell likely go to one of the richer clubs in the khl, and thats surely better than to face a dubious prospect of playing in the ahl for peanuts.
you realize that it's Flyers who are asking, yes? he will get an adamant roster spot with PP time if he manages to stand straight and move his feet.

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He wont accept two way deal. One way for 3+ mil USD per season is another story.
Are you his agent, manager or imaginable friend?

I hope Zaitsev tries it. Coming to the NHL is a way shorter path to Team Russia and gaining respect. Not to say that generally any D-man would upgrade Flyers haha!

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Is it so hard to imagine someone just genuinely wanting to play at the highest level?

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you realize that it's Flyers who are asking, yes? he will get an adamant roster spot with PP time if he manages to stand straight and move his feet.
in the nhl nothing is set in stone, and hell need to earn a roster spot in the ahl, he wasnt drafted without a reason u know. but if he wants to see all of the america sitting by the window on the bus, god bless him

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Is it even much of a risk to try the NHL? If he is demoted to the AHL and doesn't feel like he would get promoted this season couldn't he return to the KHL and not really lose out on much money? (As in, sign a similar deal to what he would have got this summer in the K)

I might be wrong here, I'm not up to date on the NHL-KHL transfer situation.

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Is it even much of a risk to try the NHL? If he is demoted to the AHL and doesn't feel like he would get promoted this season couldn't he return to the KHL and not really lose out on much money?
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as I said 3+ mil USD per season

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How did Sens let Filatov go then?

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He's 186 pounds? The reports we have on the flyers board say 175... I guess the weight listed here is better

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His first name should be Vasilli.

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His first name should be Vasilli.
Nah, this kid's a defenseman, not your typical sniper

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I'm assuming that they could put a khl clause in his contract. If he's ever sent down to the AHL he can go and play in the khl.

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I'm assuming that they could put a khl clause in his contract. If he's ever sent down to the AHL he can go and play in the khl.
Is it possible to do a switch between the NHL and KHL? As in if he's sent down, he goes to the KHL instead, and when they want him, he can come back to the NHL?

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Is it possible to do a switch between the NHL and KHL? As in if he's sent down, he goes to the KHL instead, and when they want him, he can come back to the NHL?
Only if Flyers officially send him to the KHL. He can only report where they loan him (AHL, ECHL or any Euro league in his case)

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Only if Flyers officially send him to the KHL. He can only report where they loan him (AHL, ECHL or any Euro league in his case)
Could he refuse to report and break his contract?

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Could he refuse to report and break his contract?
KHL would be forced to bar him from playing due to the agreement.

something like the sens did with filatov is workable though. A handshake agreement with management that if he hasnt cracked the NHL roster by a certain point in the season, they loan him back to the KHL.

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I'm assuming that they could put a khl clause in his contract. If he's ever sent down to the AHL he can go and play in the khl.
Nah, I doubt that.

Though, image they can let him know that they would let him go if he wanted too.

Slats regularly let players go if they want to for example. Pretty smart.

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I was amazed someone didn't draft him in any of the years in which he was eligible, he was clearly good enough. I mean, say Florida had drafted him and he didn't want to report there, but then the Flyers wanted him, they'd have to at least give Florida another pick to get his rights. It was really a no-lose situation.

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Zaitsev haha... Where my ochem peeps at

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KHL would be forced to bar him from playing due to the agreement.

something like the sens did with filatov is workable though. A handshake agreement with management that if he hasnt cracked the NHL roster by a certain point in the season, they loan him back to the KHL.
That's possible. Caps did that to Dmitry Kugryshev when it became clear he isn't a consistent AHL player in his second season in the pros.

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I was amazed someone didn't draft him in any of the years in which he was eligible, he was clearly good enough. I mean, say Florida had drafted him and he didn't want to report there, but then the Flyers wanted him, they'd have to at least give Florida another pick to get his rights. It was really a no-lose situation.
Time value of prospects. Spend a 7th rounder on him in year 1, by year 3 it's clear he won't report so you trade him for another 7th. That's two years of development time missed by whoever you could have taken with the original 7th rounder. Guess most GM's weighed that 2 years vs. the chances of him coming over and actually becoming an NHL contributor and figured that a bird in the hand...

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