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Afternoon Line, Part 2

“Let me ask you, would you want to play for the Edmonton Oilers, for example?” [laughter]  “Let me tell you that when you have a choice and you have something to choose from, you always want to play for a good team, compete for medals and such. I will speak for myself, but the situation was such that I had no choice of a good team to play for and to play at the high level. To me it was very important to play for a good team, to try to win.”

-Evgeni Nabokov on why he decided to play for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.  More from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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Evilpens's avatar

ummmmm Wasn’t he on a good team that could win?? & he didn’t play well enough

Posted by Evilpens on 08/06/10 at 08:01 PM ET


I’m almost starting to feel bad for Edmonton with the ripping they’ve been getting. Almost.

Posted by Shane on 08/06/10 at 08:41 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Poor Edmonton. :(

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 08/06/10 at 08:48 PM ET


you always want to play for a good team, compete for medals and such

This is why a “good” NHL team isn’t signing you, sir.

Posted by NathanBC on 08/06/10 at 09:12 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

He’s not going to be picking on Edmonton after those East Coast swings to Novosibirsk, Nizhnekamsk and Khabarovsk.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/06/10 at 10:24 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Doesn’t really matter what anyone says, fact is that Nabokov just came out and admitted that given the choice between Edmonton (NHL Siberia) and the KHL (the ACTUAL Siberia where people don’t get paid and sometimes die)... he chose the KHL.

This may be Edmonton’s most-embarrassing moment yet.

Posted by Primis on 08/06/10 at 11:33 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

This may be Edmonton’s most-embarrassing moment yet.

Or a blessing in disguise…. just another choke artist from SJ.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 08/06/10 at 11:51 PM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

comming from a guy who sh*t the bed every year in the playoffs. enjoy your time in the bush league.

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 08/07/10 at 05:21 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

This just proves my theory: Nabby’s an ass.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/07/10 at 06:25 AM ET

Reggie Dunlop's avatar

You all should know by now the Sharks playoff exits are a team effort.  All he’s saying is he wants to play for a winning team, which is true for every hockey player.  I don’t see anything wrong with picking on the Oil, they were ridiculously bad last year.

Posted by Reggie Dunlop on 08/07/10 at 02:18 PM ET


I don’t see anything wrong with picking on the Oil, they were ridiculously bad last year.

Well, as bad as they may have been they still have a chance, albeit a small one, of winning the most prized trophy in hockey and that’s not something that Nabakov can say about the team he chose to play for.

The quote might have held some weight if it didn’t come from a guy who had been bounced from his team and had very few options.

Who even knows that he was even offered a contract by the Oil?

Posted by Garth on 08/07/10 at 10:45 PM ET

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