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[Report] Looks Like Caps' Prospect Kuznetsov Will Stay In Russia Next Year.

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Kuznetsov is not 6'3. He's listed in most places as 6'-6'1. Plus, you're making him to be a powerforward type, which is the last thing he is. He might not be soft, but he's not exactly tough.

If there's any Russian prospect that's a powerforward, it's Tarasenko. He might have the same kind of upside that Kuznetsov has, but I'll take a 10-15pt trade off for a player that is much safer to hit his upside, and plays a more complete game while still having a ton of skill.

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Wow, even Team Russia has trouble enticing Russians :o

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This is the whole reason why there is speculation Columbus wants to trade away the #1 pick because they don't want yet another Russian to screw them.

They already had a bad experience with Zherdev and Filatov don't know that they care much for Russian players now.

Washington is one of the few teams left in the NHL who are not afraid to draft Russians high. That would be a huge blow if Ovechkin can't convince Kuznetsov to come over to the NHL.

Maybe he will change his mind in a few years like Radulov and decide to try the NHL.

It just seems Russians have the most problem adjusting to the North American lifestyle and fitting in with the playing style of the NHL compared to other Euro players.

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With a few exceptions Russian hockey players need a trip to see the Wizard of Oz to get some hearts.

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This is the whole reason why there is speculation Columbus wants to trade away the #1 pick because they don't want yet another Russian to screw them.

They already had a bad experience with Zherdev and Filatov don't know that they care much for Russian players now.

Washington is one of the few teams left in the NHL who are not afraid to draft Russians high. That would be a huge blow if Ovechkin can't convince Kuznetsov to come over to the NHL.

Maybe he will change his mind in a few years like Radulov and decide to try the NHL.

It just seems Russians have the most problem adjusting to the North American lifestyle and fitting in with the playing style of the NHL compared to other Euro players.

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The NHL hasn't exactly been cordial towards leagues like the KHL. There's no legal agreement between the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and the NHL when it comes to the transfer of players. Under the bylaws in the Western European Hockey Leagues, all agreements signed with NHL clubs are binding. The KHL knowingly violates binding player contracts(I.E. Radulov and Hudler) because under Russian law, they don't really have to observe NHL player contracts. Even if there was an agreement between the NHL and Russian leagues such as the KHL, I don't think it would really matter if a superstar such as Evgeni Malkin opted to go to the KHL. There's a history there with Russian hockey officials not honouring NHL contracts. This grants Russian hockey players leverage to return home to Russia and it grants more leverage for the KHL in their pursuit of more revenue. If Kuznetsov doesn't want to play in the NHL, that's fine. There's thousands of young Americans, Canadians, Swedes, Finns, etc. seeking to play in the NHL.

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This is every GM's nightmare. Guys like this is the reason less and less Russians are being drafted early. Not to mention entering the league.

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This would be disappointing news for a Washington fan. The guy put up 40 points in 49 regular season games and has 5 goals in 7 playoff games so far. He also won silver at the WJC and put up 6 goals/13 points in 7 games as captain of the team.

The 6'3 forward is a free agent at the end of the year in the KHL and doesn't know where he will sign yet. Anything right now would be tampering as his team is still in the playoffs.

This guy was an absolute steal by McPhee at 26th overall, but when will he make the jump over the pond?

Sources:

http://sports.yahoo....-142540192.html

http://www.washingto...vC4CS_blog.html

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It isn't that they have a harder time adjusting, it's that they can be offered the same money and other benefits of playing in their home country. You know, the place where their language is spoken and their family lives.

A lot of Canadians would rather play in Canada and a lot of Russians would rather play in Russia.

Other European countries don't have KHL salaries to offer or else you can bet a lot more players would be returning to their home land. Heck, Naslund was one phone call away from going back to the SEL and he was definitely not going to be getting paid much over there..

Not to mention Columbus, Ohio? Who would want to live there? Who would want to play for a team that stinks it up every year? Plus, CBJ has had problems with every player they've drafted pretty much from every nationality besides Rick Nash...

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I agree but there are Russian players like Yakupov who specifically have a dream to play in the NHL because it's the best league in the world and are willing to come over to play in North America to play junior, learn English, get accustomed to the lifestyle and help make the transition to the NHL as seamless as possible.

They see the KHL only as a fall back plan if they don't make the NHL.

Some Russian prospects now are coming over to test the NHL because they know they have a backup plan to make lots of money playing in the KHL already.

So they are not as motivated to make it to the NHL when they can just stay home and make good money.

I guess it really comes down to the individual player and how much their desire is to play in the best league in the world or if they are content making good money playing at home without having to go to a foreign land.

I thought Semin would have left for the KHL by now he is exactly the type of player that belongs in the KHL and not the NHL.

He is soft and plays individual hockey. Pretty much the current Kovalev that only plays hard when he wants to.

Overall the league will lose some of their biggest superstars if Russians stop coming over to the NHL. Which may prompt them to sign a more lucrative transfer deal with the KHL as their is no such deal in place right now.

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There is one other reason many players choose the KHL, in addition to the language and the tax-free salaries - it's the second best league in the world. It's not the NHL but it's the next best thing. None of the other European leagues can say that.

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With the bigger ice and less physical play, players there have less of a chance of sustaining concussions too.

More net pay + Home country + Language + Health + Bigger fish + National attention = Can't blame him

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Your unfair judgement of Alex Semin messes up your whole argument. You describe Yakupov in such a glorious manner and then you smash Semin by saying he doesn't belong in this league.

Do you see where you're sounding hypocritical? You THOUGHT Semin would have left, but he's made the choice to stay here and try to succeed in this league. You're giving him zero credit, and that's just unfair.

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Actually I was more trying to compare the type of personalities of Russian players.

Yakupov tries to make a difference every shift. Semin is moody and one shift he can be great and the next make a bonehead play.

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Huh, it might be money?

Shirikov gave up 3 good years, and ended up riding the bus in the minors for a $100 grand. He could have made twenty times that or more. Even an entry contract in NHL, not the minors, is small compared to a KHL deal.

On these kinds of topics about staying in their home league vs. coming to play in the NHL, how come it seems like Russian players are especially hesitant to cross the ocean to America and are at particular risk of bolting home? Why is it that it other countries' leagues (Elitserien, SM-Liiga, etc.) don't have so much of an issue?

Back on topic, that would be quite the loss for the Caps. While some may say they don't need more Russians the talent's obviously there, and if Semin walks Evgeni could probably slot in and replace at least some of the offense, while providing leadership for the team as well.

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On these kinds of topics about staying in their home league vs. coming to play in the NHL, how come it seems like Russian players are especially hesitant to cross the ocean to America and are at particular risk of bolting home? Why is it that it other countries' leagues (Elitserien, SM-Liiga, etc.) don't have so much of an issue?

Back on topic, that would be quite the loss for the Caps. While some may say they don't need more Russians the talent's obviously there, and if Semin walks Evgeni could probably slot in and replace at least some of the offense, while providing leadership for the team as well.

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He could just pull a Radulov and come over a for a lil sample then just bolt whenever he feels like it and comes back again when the WSH starts doing better.

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I hope he comes over to play for the Caps. He's a very talented player and I would enjoy watching him play on a team with Ovechkin.

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This is the whole reason why there is speculation Columbus wants to trade away the #1 pick because they don't want yet another Russian to screw them.

They already had a bad experience with Zherdev and Filatov don't know that they care much for Russian players now.

Washington is one of the few teams left in the NHL who are not afraid to draft Russians high. That would be a huge blow if Ovechkin can't convince Kuznetsov to come over to the NHL.

Maybe he will change his mind in a few years like Radulov and decide to try the NHL.

It just seems Russians have the most problem adjusting to the North American lifestyle and fitting in with the playing style of the NHL compared to other Euro players.

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