if only for the fact that it will be another push for those who need it, and who knows, if he shows up and out works someone for the job....whats the harm in a 1 year deal to help out the younger players.
Could also instill some value back into his name and make him an asset for the trade deadline.
Two good seasons, then two crappy ones. Hrm. Which is the true Maxim?
Reminds me of Sergei Berezin. Which is a good thing because I liked Berezin for the most part.
That being said, what is it with all these hot Russian tennis players?
Do they just teach all of their models to play? This must be a product of the USSR days..
afinogenov or zherdev? what is the appeal? you want highlight reel guys on this team?
sorry. i should explain what i mean when i type "highlight reel guys". these are the kind of players that tend to be european, score a few highlight reel goals (pat themselves on the back and take the rest of the week off) through the season, have little or no toughness, and disappear in the playoffs. i think the leafs already have their share and i'm hoping Burke will cut a few of them loose before training camp.
Doubt he'd take a camp invite...if he wants to sign a one-year deal for peanuts then why not, he'd be getting paid like a fourth liner and it wouldn't exactly stop Burke from making other moves for this mysterious top 6 forward he wants.
i like the guy. on those buffalo teams (admittedly while surrounded by tons of talent) i always thought he was the most dangerous guy on the ice. kind of a poor man's alex mogilny. 1.5mm for a year? if he sucks, we can just send him down...
anybody know if he has a chance to play for russia in vancouver?
They already have several much younger players that can provide the 20-30 points he will likely manage. Stempniak has outscored him the last two years.
If they had an opening for a winger on their top two lines and absolutely no NHL prospects I would certainly give him a look, or Sykora, or maybe Cheechoo. But adding a 30 year old who has scored 48pts in his last 104 games when they have vets and prospects lined up for the position is something even JFJ wouldn't do.
The best indicator of what a player will do next season is last season. Afi is not a player they need. I would much sooner use Tlusty or Bozak or Stalberg and I bet all three are good for better than 6 goals in 48 games. If you sign him, they go down.