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Team Russia

Postby Dickie Dunn on Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:05 pm

Official roster:

Sergei Bobrovsky
Semyon Varlamov
Alexander Yeryomenko

Anton Belov
Alexei Emelin
Andrei Markov
Yevgeni Medvedev
Nikita Nikitin
Ilya Nikulin
Fedor Tyutin
Slava Voynov

Artem Anisimov
Pavel Datsyuk
Denis Kokarev
Ilya Kovalchuk
Nikolai Kulemin
Evgeni Malkin
Valeri Nichushkin
Alexander Ovechkin
Andrei Popov
Alexander Radulov
Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexei Tereschenko
Viktor Tikhonov

No Semin. Lots of KHL.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Gaucho on Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:11 pm

That defense sucks balls.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Jim on Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:19 pm

Darm tyutin it does!
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Re: Team Russia

Postby mac5155 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:20 pm

Viktor Tikhonov is the grandson of the other Viktor Tikhonov. cool.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby columbia on Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:01 pm

Gaucho wrote:That defense sucks balls.


Yet, no Semin.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:07 pm

You know Russian defenders are bad when Nikita Nikitin is pegged as one of Russia's best options on the blue line
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Pitts on Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:52 pm

Kovalchuk and Radulov -- those punks!
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Shakes on Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:17 pm

Slava Malamud ‏@SlavaMalamud 7m
Russian lines seem pretty set: Radulov-Datsyuk-Kovy, Ovi-Malkin-Kulemin, Tarasenko-Anisimov-Tikhonov, filler-filler-filler.


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Re: Team Russia

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:27 pm

Is that second line going to play with 2 pucks?
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Mr. Colby on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:33 pm

I'd probably have Datsyuk, Ovie, and Malkin all on separate lines
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Mr. Colby on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:34 pm

Give Malkin Kovalchuk, Give Datsyuk Radulov, and Give Ovie filler and filler since he'll be shooting anyway
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Shakes on Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:47 pm

Pretty weak Russian team. But will be fun watching them try to outscore everyone. They're, fittingly, the anti-USA roster.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby viva la ben on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:19 pm

No Morozov?!
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Re: Team Russia

Postby penny lane on Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:16 pm

Read Sergei Gonchar has concussion issues and is getting older, but ... first time he hasn't been on the russian team since the 90's.
The Russian defense will be their weakness, but they have the ability to out score all other teams.
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http://stars.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=699299 Sergei activated from IR yesterday~ good news!
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Re: Team Russia

Postby mikey287 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:32 pm

Arguably the most technically skilled player in the world, and certainly the best wrist shot in the world did not make this team in Alexander Semin...

Happy for Val Nichushkin though, special player.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Shakes on Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:56 pm

"What's so special about (Semin)? I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does shoot well, has a good head, good skill. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Denis Kokarev from Moscow ... (Kokarev) is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb. I guess you can't take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, and get a star. Especially if it's been 4 seasons since he scored 60 points. No one is going to care about him. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill."
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Re: Team Russia

Postby llipgh2 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:00 pm

The Hockey News stands by its prediction Russia will win the gold. Even after seeing the roster.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby MRandall25 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:03 pm

llipgh2 wrote:The Hockey News stands by its prediction Russia will win the gold. Even after seeing the roster.


They do have the Russian mob on their side :wink:
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Re: Team Russia

Postby sniper on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:33 pm

Lots of offense there. It's not going to matter though because they will be spending most of their time in their own zone.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby mikey287 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:36 pm

Again, Semin can help...
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Idoit40fans on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:37 pm

Of all the stuff there is about Semin his backhand impresses me the most. If the puck is on his stick in the offensive zone, hes a threat to put it on net with precision and power no matter which side you want to force him to. Skillwise he doesnt have any huge weaknesses. Hes pretty good in his own zone too when hes playing there. I think that might be why Russia didnt take him.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Kovy27 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:47 pm

Gaucho wrote:That defense sucks balls.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby Kovy27 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:48 pm

Russia...pencil them in at 5th place.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby columbia on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:55 pm

I wonder who Semin pissed off.
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Re: Team Russia

Postby bhaw on Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:38 am

columbia wrote:I wonder who Semin pissed off.


Puts Russia in a sticky situation. :slug:

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