Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/05/07 at 08:57 AM ET
from the Calgary Sun,
Darryl Sutter is disappointed Andrei Taratukhin has chosen to remain in Russian rather than honour his NHL contract….
Sutter said the team hasn’t been officially informed the forward has signed a deal with Salavat Yulaev in Ufa of the Russian Super League. He added he understands players returning to their homeland but not before completing an entry-level contract.
“During that time, at some point, you hope that player gives himself that opportunity to play in the NHL,” Sutter said. “Andrei, quite honestly, needed more than a year. He certainly wasn’t ready to play in the NHL yet.
“It’s a big adjustment. Andrei made a big adjustment last year, without his family over here, different style of game and different (size of) ice, and he was starting to make progress in terms of how to manage his game, length of shifts, pace of play ... those sorts of things.
“We’ve invested a lot—not just money but time personally for him and his family—and you want him to honour both years .”
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