Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/18/06 at 10:26 AM ET
Ruslan Salei was 20 years old when he left Belarus. He wanted to make a hockey living in America. Instead, he landed in Las Vegas. "I thought that was what this whole country was all about," Salei said Monday morning. "I didn't know any better. It wasn't exactly Hockeytown. But when I came to Anaheim, it wasn't either." And when his ninth NHL season began, someone rearranged the furniture again. Salei was the typical heavy-handed, homebound defenseman. Now the new rules took his fingers and his stick away. His 114 minutes in penalties are a career high. "I know I couldn't have played under this system," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, a 17-year defenseman in the league and four-time All-Star. "It's the same old thing. Grab, hold and hook. It's survival time out there, and it was tough for someone like Rusty to adjust."read on
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