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KHL Coach Says Blues’ Prospect Vladimir Tarasenko Not Ready For The NHL

via RIA Novosti,

Hockey prodigy Vladimir Tarasenko is not ready to move to the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, his former KHL coach Milos Riha said Monday.

The 20-year-old right wing took up his entry contract with the Blues last month after four seasons in the KHL in which he racked up 100 points in 176 games.

“It was his decision and his choice. To my mind, he has got ahead of himself a little bit,” SKA St. Petersburg coach Riha said on the KHL website.

“I think that he could play a couple more years in KHL and grew to maturity as a hockey player. I can only wish him luck.”

SKA has a reputation as a big-spending team keen to recruit stars, but none of its seven signings this summer are household names.

The St. Petersburg team is still targeting a famous new recruit, Riha sadi.

“We’ll try to buy one famous player whose name everyone knows.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
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Sounds like a case of ‘sour grape’ to me.  Since when did the KHL give a rats buttucks when a player is ready or not for the NHL?

Posted by Fauxrumors on 07/23/12 at 02:00 PM ET

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I agree, I don’t think they care but it is an acknowledgement from a KHL coach that the NHL is a better league.

Posted by Mike from St. Paul on 07/23/12 at 03:52 PM ET

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