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
I'd argue that every player on my list also had a great work ethic and was liked by all their teammates. You could argue that Ovechkin is the exception. People love to stereotype Russians. The OP talked about how all the Russian stars have dishonored their contracts by fleeing to the KHL.
I argue that with the exception of Radulov, and possibly Kovalchuk, there is no other case of this happening. Maybe Kovalchuk is just sticking around to play in the AllStar game to say thanks to Russian fans, who have been paying to see him play all season and likely purchased an allstar ticket to see him play. You could actually say that Kovalchuk is showing some loyalty,
just not loyalty to who you guys want him to be loyal to.
Edited by Down by the River, 09 January 2013 - 10:42 AM.