Mad City Mike wrote:That's fantastic. Every team in the league needs to do this. One has to think the Russians knew this was coming though. Recall that they had virtually no NHLers on their roster anyway.
Tomas wrote:Actually, the article quotes the Russian Headcoach Krikunov who admitted that he was surprised by this new development.
The reason why there are so few NHLers on the Russian roster is that after the Olympics, the NHLers criticized their coach for poor coaching. He fired back by blasting the players for their poor work ethic, and said that the WC team will be based on the players from RHL instead.
Vanbiesbrouck wrote:Very nice move. Just keep in mind though, that these players are still likely loyal to their countries.
Imagine CP telling Sid that he's not going to get to play for Canada after all.
Vanbiesbrouck wrote:Right, that's my point.
"Gee Alexander, great year. However, we think you need some conditioning. And you can't play for Russia. Ok, see ya in 5 months!"
Way to keep the future of your franchise happy.
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