Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/07/05 at 01:31 PM ET
When you look at the players the Red Wings have brought over from Europe and the Iron Curtain nations like Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, Tomas Holmstrom, Jiri Fischer, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, along with a host of future prospects, you wonder why other teams don't do a more thorough job oversees. "There are unknowns, starting with showing up at a rink in Russia only to find out the game you wanted to see was played yesterday," Nill said, shaking his head. "And then there's the language barrier and culture shock that you have to deal with (with) many of the kids. I remember going over to see Pavel a couple of years after we drafted him and calling to him. Finally, he turned around and said, 'I don't know the English.'" His body language on and off the ice is just fine now.read on
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