In another disturbing trend, the Omsk homepage has Alexander Frolov saying he will play for Avangard because the Kings won't be able to pay him as much as he would make in Russia. Anyone keeping tabs on the Ovechkin situation may want to visit the Avangard homepage every once in a while and hope Ovechkin's picture doesn't show up where Frolov's is now. They'll probably have the news before anyone else.
i wonder how much this kind of thing will affect the drafting of russian players...might we start seeing guys slip a lot further in the draft than their skill would dictate just because teams will start worrying whether they'll come over to the NHL?
Ahhh. Thanks. I need to work more on my Russian. I thought he said that he didn't think the Kings could give him as an offer as good as Omsk's.
Yes, he said, but also he added " Therefore I likely will stay with Omsk" so, as I understand, there's no contract with Omsk except verbal commitment and Alex will consider contract from Kings and will compare it with offer from Omsk.
Agreed, I think it very much is a negotiating ploy.
Maybe. But there is an article in this weeks Russian Newsweek (link to article in Russian) that basically says RSL can compete with NHL teams in terms of compensation. The North American tax rates allow them to offer equivalent net salaries. It's the other features of RSL that turns players off to playing there. They specifically mentioned things like the bad facilities, the long practices, and the small arenas.
So if those things don't turn Frolov off, he may well do better financially there.
Even though the Russian League can compete with the NHL in salaries of players who aren't stars:
Money isn't everything. I wouldn't want to play in a league where some team don't have washrooms in the dressing room.