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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Radulov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

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That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Radulov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

Pavel Datsyuk
Igor Larionov
Sergei Federov
Pavel Bure
Alexander Mogilny
Evgeni Malkin

Just a handful of talentless Russian bums.

By the way, other than Radulov, please name me one other NHL 'star' who has 'bolted' for the KHL. You don't even know that Kovalchuk is staying. The NHL hasn't started yet, stop assuming. Although, to stop making wild assumptions would mean you'd stop making any threads, which we all know would be impossible for you.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

Ever since Bure's rude departure the Canucks have stayed away from the Russians and I like the philosophy
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:00 PM

Pavel Datsyuk
Igor Larionov
Sergei Federov
Pavel Bure
Alexander Mogilny
Evgeni Malkin

Just a handful of talentless Russian bums.

By the way, other than Radulov, please name me one other NHL 'star' who has 'bolted' for the KHL. You don't even know that Kovalchuk is staying. The NHL hasn't started yet, stop assuming. Although, to stop making wild assumptions would mean you'd stop making any threads, which we all know would be impossible for you.


We all know its not about talent, it's the attitude.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Raduov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,


How many DO want to violate their contract? Please, list off all the Russians who are planning to stay. Hell, list off all of the ones who have bolted to Russia at any time lately, after NHL success. Players like Shirokov and Zherdev don't count, if that's what you're about to say, as neither found a job here.

Good NHL players who haven't bolted:
Malkin, Ovechkin, Datsyuk, Semin, Gonchar, Tyutin, Markov, Bryzgalov, Varlamov, Khabibulin

Whereas the ones who have:
Radulov, Kovalchuk (no guarantee he stays, personally I think it's all talk), Kulemin (rumours floating that he may stay, no real evidence though)

Feel free to add any other names you can think of.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Radulov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,


What about the Finn's? I wouldn't drafting a Teemu Selanne, or how about the Germans? Seidenberg, Erhoff are no slouches, nor are the Czech's or Slovak's. Chara Gaborik and others also say hi

Point is, where a player comes from doesn't really matter. Not all Russians are like Kovalchuk or Yashin, some actually play defence and are great team players. Datsyuk comes to mind, as well as many other great NHL'ers.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

Yeah currently ranked the top nation in the world for hockey but oh no! we shouldn't look into getting players of there nationality..

Makes sense to me... Cause there are far more bad Russians than good Russians right..

Just another pointless Mr.Reputable thread.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

The Canucks wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Pavel Bure...
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

Ever since Bure's rude departure the Canucks have stayed away from the Russians and I like the philosophy


Chubarov? Shirokov?
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Radulov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

We all know its not about talent, it's the attitude.


This. Give me a team of hard-working Canadians over a team of Kovalchuks anyday.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

I'd still draft Russians. They're sick of the NHL BS. Radulov was treated like S*^% in Nashville, and wanted to go back. Good riddance. Kovalchuk might stay, but might come back. If you had a Russian packed full of talent or a Canadian grinder you are telling me you'd take the Grinder? cdc logic at it's finest.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

We all know its not about talent, it's the attitude.

The Hockey Hall of Fame rates at least two of those players' attitudes as pretty good, with Larionov and Bure both having been inducted. Datsyuk is a lock, and I don't see why Fedorov and Malkin wouldn't make it. Mogilny isn't too shabby either.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

I'd still draft Russians. They're sick of the NHL BS. Radulov was treated like S*^% in Nashville, and wanted to go back. Good riddance. Kovalchuk might stay, but might come back. If you had a Russian packed full of talent or a Canadian grinder you are telling me you'd take the Grinder? cdc logic at it's finest.


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

i'm sorry but this is a dumb thread....another one of those put down a certain group of people...sacrifice a whole nation for a few....

op give your head a shake...just because you hide behind your pc doesn't mean everything you think should be shared out there...

if a russian was the best player possible, i'd draft/sign them as much as i can
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Radulov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,


Wasn't he bures agent?
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

That's one of the things I like about Gillis, he hated Russians. He doesn't draft them, doesn't sign them.

Why? Do I need to tell you? Now that the lock-out is over, how many want to violate their contract? Do I need to say the story of Radulov and the countless Russians who bolted for Mother Russia?

We should get Canadians, first and foremost, Americans and Swedish to be successful. Probably a few Danes,


Perhaps you should look up some of the stories that came out about Canadian players' attitudes while playing in Europe over the past few months during the lockout. The Euro clubs couldn't believe the prima dona Canadians' attitudes.

Doug Mac talked about it often during on SPSN.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:42 PM

I like your username; fits well with your reputation around here.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

He does have a point that some Russians have a bad attitudes. It's true. But isn't their Canadians that have bad attitudes too? Nabokov and Visnosky both didn't want to play with the Islanders. So? Didn't Lindros refuse to play for Quebec? It's the same thing. Players such as Ovechkin, Kovelchuk and Yakupov make me angry sometimes but you can't judge all of Russia off of a few Russians. Isn't that kinda racist? Anyways I love my Canadians just as much as anyone, but take off your homer glasses.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

They want to stay in Russia for the same reason you would want to stay in Canada.

They a 20+ hour flight away, in a country they know little about.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:57 PM

Yet another, pointless, thoughtless toilet bowl full of verbal diarrhea. Stop posting.

You have now added bigotry and stereotyping to your wonderful set of attitudes.

Take the player who helps your club, regardless of nationality.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:22 PM

When you can pick a 2nd round talent in the 6th or 7th round, which has happened, its well worth the risk to draft a Russian.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

Pavel Datsyuk
Igor Larionov
Sergei Federov
Pavel Bure
Alexander Mogilny
Evgeni Malkin

Just a handful of talentless Russian bums.

he never said they were talentless

sht even ovi is saying he wants to look at the new cba before he stays , wtf is that

kovy saying hes staying screwing over a team that went to the cup final

our own russian prospect shirokov the whole site had a hard on for , he fled when it was evident he'd have to work to make the team

dont try and act like signing a russian player isnt sketchy now that the khl is around , they seem to want to threaten and run to it whenever necessary

that said , not all russians are bad , but gillis is smart for avoiding them
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

Lindros and Daigle had prima donna attitudes. It's not exclusive to Russians.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:22 AM

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

This thread makes me so uncomfortable
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

As a rule I don't want Russian players. But I spouted off yesterday about Kovy not wanting to comeback and now have to eat my words. Apparently he and Makarov wanted to stay with their teams to help them transition back after many players left for North America. It was a class act on their part and they should be respected for it.
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