Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/16/06 at 07:22 AM ET
Evgeny Malkin isn't the only Russian eager to join the National Hockey League, despite having a signed contract with a Russian Super League team for the coming season. Forwards Alexei Mikhnov and Andrei Taratukhin have each given 14 days notice to Yaroslavl Lokomotiv saying they will not play in Russia. Instead, Mikhnov is close to signing with the Edmonton Oilers while Taratukhin is expected to sign with the Calgary Flames.continued added 6:44am, from the Toronto Star,
"Is it not clear that Evgeni left for America at the invitation of the people overseas?" Gennady Velichkin, head of Malkin's Superleague team, told Soviet Sport. "The Americans' arrogance is beyond bounds. This is the theft of the century. They don't care that Malkin is Russia's national treasure." "We must sue not only Pittsburgh but the entire National Hockey League and its whole arrogance. The NHL must receive a total condemnation from the entire sporting world. Let's get back to the question of the compensation. ... Money is not most important for us. The most important (aspect) for us is to get a precedent and win the case."more added 6:55am, from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar said that looking back on his conversation with Evgeni Malkin just over a week ago, the young Russian phenom sounded upset. Which struck Gonchar as interesting, given that Malkin was calling to tell him he'd signed a new contract with his Russian team and was putting off coming to the NHL for one more year. "He was very, very disappointed that he signed it," Gonchar said from his home in Russia on Tuesday. "He was very upset." Now, Gonchar knows why.continued added 8:42am, see the comments for some information from Dave King...
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