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Roman Cervenka Signs 3 Year KHL deal

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05-29-2013, 02:48 AM
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Cervenka's interview for Czech media

Here's translation of Cervenka's interview for Czech media:

Stay and fight for another chance in the NHL or not ... Was it a dilemma for you?
"It was not quick and easy decision. I've been thinking about it for a long time.
I considered the pros and cons, I talked about it with a lot of people. "

What was the main reason to go to KHL then?
"In the NHL I was a free agent and I would have to wait until July to do anything.
And actually I do not know what the interest would be, if any.
Maybe I'd sign somewhere, yes, but that's not guaranteed. I was a little worried of the repetition of this year.I signed and it was not clear if they even want me.
I want to play hockey where I know that the team needs me and where they want me. "


Calgary was not the case?
"I felt like it didn't matter whether I was there or not. And that for me was probably the hardest ... After all, I was used for something in Europe.If I was twenty, I'd definitely stay and signed in NHL and fought longer for a chance.
But this way... "(shrugs his shoulders)

But the Flames claimed big interest in you ...
"To be honest, that's puzzling me till now. Maybe up in the management they wanted to give me chance but the coach...not really. I dunno. Anyway, it's a good experience for me,and a lesson.I just did not want to waste another year, to put it simply.I didn't even enjoy hockey there, had no joy from it. And when you do your job like this, it's not good ... "

How about coach Bob Hartley , who hyped you in the early days?
"That's also one thing ... When I signed, he called me to the Czechia and told me he knows that I am unreal player. And in Calgary after a couple of games he said me he did not know who I was ... So what am I supposed to take out of it? But the guys who went through this in the NHL know what I'm talking about ... "


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05-29-2013, 08:22 AM
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Can't blame him. He is gonna get paid more, and play for a better team and live in a better city.

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05-29-2013, 08:37 AM
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According to that website, it's $5.1 million over the duration of the contract, not per season. (at least, that's how Google Translate says it)



No doubt he could've earned it here but I think he fell victim to the culture shock, and maybe prefers to be in more familiar surroundings..
It's $5.1mil per.
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Google Translate: According to Robin Sports.ru should collect for three seasons in the SKA total of 480 million rubles (about 15.3 million. USD, 12 million. Euros) before tax.
http://webhokej24.sk/rusko/khl-aktua...-miliony-rocne

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05-29-2013, 11:07 AM
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Honestly, I think he could have been a decent 2nd/3rd line winger had he have stayed and been able to play a full season healthy. Don't blame him for leaving though.

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05-29-2013, 11:11 AM
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But but but he's gonna be a first line center! Best playa not in da NHL!
I like how it's expected that a player should just be able to step right into the NHL and dominate. Very very few are capable of such. I'd say Cervenka played ably and showed he definitely has the skill to be a top 6 NHL Center if that was the root her preferred to take. I understand why he would want to go to the KHL and be closer to home (lots of Czechs prefer the KHL).

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05-29-2013, 11:15 AM
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Playing against the best competition in the world isn't for everyone. Can't blame the guy for taking the bigger contract to be closer to home.

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05-29-2013, 12:38 PM
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That article quotes two sources,R-Sport and Sports.ru.According to former it's cca 5,1 mil. USD,according to latter cca 15,3 mil. USD for 3 seasons.
Czech media quotes championat.com - 5,1 mil for 3 years.

I think 5,1M for whole contract is way more likely.

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05-29-2013, 02:18 PM
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$5.1m per year? He'd be lucky to get $2m in the NHL.

No brainer.

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05-29-2013, 06:34 PM
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$5.1m per year? He'd be lucky to get $2m in the NHL.

No brainer.
That's what it comes down to. He can't go back and develop in the NHL and prove himself more. Nobody will give you a big contract without proving yourself. So he goes where he is proven and makes more money and lives closer to home in a more similar culture. People think that every NHLer > KHLer which is silly. There's a reason the number of Eastern Europeans has declined in the NHL compared to a decade ago. Russia (particularly) isn't worse at developing players but the KHL has become an attractive alternative to those outside of the elite superstars.

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Can't blame him. He is gonna get paid more, and play for a better team and live in a better city.
Sorry, I'll take a Canadian major city over a Russian one 10 times out of 10.

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Sorry, I'll take a Canadian major city over a Russian one 10 times out of 10.
For an Eastern European, it's probably the other way around.

Plus, it's probably nicer to live in Moscow or Saint Petersburg than Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, etc.

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Sorry, I'll take a Canadian major city over a Russian one 10 times out of 10.
Most Russian cities, but there's a few beautiful Russian cities, like St. Petersburg.

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Meh, he was brutal anyways. Plus the Flames scouts didnt even scout him properly, they thought he was a Center when he plays LW (Somewhere we already have way too much depth).
the flames organization also offersheeted a player who would've had to clear waivers (and most likely be picked up by a different team) if the offersheet was successful, lol. Durr... pretty sure they woul've been on the hook for some of his salary too

Tough year for the flames. Surprised mgmt still has jobs.

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Sorry, I'll take a Canadian major city over a Russian one 10 times out of 10.
As a Canadian I may say that you exemplify our ignorance. Cheers!

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Sorry, I'll take a Canadian major city over a Russian one 10 times out of 10.
Well you're Canadian. St. Petersburg is a very nice city, not some backwater place like some of the other KHL cities. Great place if you're a millionaire. Toronto and Montreal are nice cities but I've heard lots of complaints about other Canadian cities (particularly Edmonton). You get 3 good months a year if you're lucky and it's cold with short days the rest of the year. For an Eastern Europeaner almost all would prefer St. Petersburg to Calgary.

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Sorry, I'll take a Canadian major city over a Russian one 10 times out of 10.
Something about calling Calgary a "major city" doesn't sit right with me.

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Something about calling Calgary a "major city" doesn't sit right with me.
Then it's unlikely you know anything about Canadian economics.

Calgary is without a doubt a major Canadian city.

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Something about calling Calgary a "major city" doesn't sit right with me.
Calgary is the 12th biggest city by population when you take into account all Cities in Canada and the States. It's a lot bigger than people realize. It's also the 3rd biggest in Canada.

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Calgary is the 12th biggest city by population when you take into account all Cities in Canada and the States. It's a lot bigger than people realize. It's also the 3rd biggest in Canada.
I'm sorry what?

You need to look at metropolitan areas not population by municipality otherwise the population figures are extremely misleading.

Calgary is 4th in Canada and there are 50-55 metropolitan areas in the US with a larger population than Calgary.

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Playing against the best competition in the world isn't for everyone.
Yeah cause that's what it was

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Where in the world do you guys get the idea that hockey players don't need to pay taxes in russia. I'm honestly curious

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Yeah cause that's what it was
Quite frankly like most forwards deemed to be "the best player not in the NHL" he wasn't up to the task.

He has skill and with time could have been a decent offensive player, but his defensive game was invisible and he was softer than warm butter. He was given regular middle six minutes for the Flames until he showed he was a lazy and a defensive liability, so Hartley demoted him to the 4th line.

Bottom line is Cervenka doesn't want to put in the work to succeed in the NHL.

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Bottom line is Cervenka doesn't want to put in the work to succeed in the NHL.
Ya,coz you win KHL scoring by sitting on your ass.That's why he's so respected that he became 2nd best paid KHLer even after this not-at-all-excellent season.
It's not like play top6 spot in Calgary where you gotta WORK.

Surely Jagr(who played in KHL with Cervenka) was just kidding when he said trainings in KHL were tougher compared to Philly.

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I'm sorry what?

You need to look at metropolitan areas not population by municipality otherwise the population figures are extremely misleading.

Calgary is 4th in Canada and there are 50-55 metropolitan areas in the US with a larger population than Calgary.
This is obviously ignoring metro areas. Like only what, 550000-6000000 live IN Vancouver? They get their boost in population from all their burbs (Surrey, Delta, New West, Poco, Coquitlam etc.) Calgary is at a huge disadvantage because we don't have a metro surrounding.

If we're going straight city, then my numbers are accurate. But if you want to include people who live in the surrounding areas, sometimes 40kms outside of said City, than it's a different story.

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