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Petri Kontiola and Radek Smolenak head to the KHL

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05-26-2009, 11:52 AM
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Petri Kontiola and Radek Smolenak head to the KHL

According to Ducks and Tampa's board

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I guess Kontiola wasn't given any substantial assurances with his new club...I believe he talked about leaving before...

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I am a little surprised Kontiola never got a true chance with someone. PPG player in the AHL in 2007-08 at age 23 and 5 assists in 12 games with the Blackhawks that year.

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I am a little surprised Kontiola never got a true chance with someone. PPG player in the AHL in 2007-08 at age 23 and 5 assists in 12 games with the Blackhawks that year.
He did, When Robert Lang was traded everyone wrote in Kontiola as our #3 C. But he showed up to camp out of shape and with a bad attitude.

Kontiola has no one but himself to blame!

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Looks like my Radek Smolenak card/jersey collection just went to ****.

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Ugh. Smoke, come on man, you finally had a spot open up for you, and now you leave?

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Ugh. Smoke, come on man, you finally had a spot open up for you, and now you leave?
My thoughts exactly. He should have looked at things from a bright side. We had a cluster **** last year and he got his cup of coffee and impressed the coaching staff. Yeah he didn't stay, but come on we have the bottom two lines to fill which was pretty much his for the taking if he came into it like he did with his short stint here.......

Some times paitence is a virtue smoke, you had a chance and you flushed it down the toliet. Then again, who knows? Maybe he didn't want to play in the NHL......

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Some times paitence is a virtue smoke, you had a chance and you flushed it down the toliet. Then again, who knows? Maybe he didn't want to play in the NHL......
Lack of patience seems to be a common theme amongst youngsters bolting to the KHL... I can recall a certain Predator who didn't want to wait another year until his rookie contract ran out and instead bolted for the instant millions.

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You know, you guys are really harsh on these young guys. It's not like they are the ones that are paid 2+ million to play a game for fun. Playing in the AHL can be incredibly unenjoyable, as you are often not treated as a prospect or a player but as an asset, to be trained rigorously and mentally tested regularily.

Think about it - a young, young man in a foreign country, possibly with little prospects for advancement - what sounds better - 1 mil in Russia or toiling away in the AHL for pennies for a small shot at the big game?

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Looks like my Radek Smolenak card/jersey collection just went to ****.
Or it gives you a chance to collect some more, unique ones.


I'm disappointed, Radek had a chance to make the big club next year imo.

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