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#1 sputman

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 05:52 PM

..so detroit was too far away from california?

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 07:29 PM

Rofl he's going to play for mcrimmon
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 07:34 PM

10 years from now, none of us will remember that he played here.

He wasn't physical enough, and took dumb penalties game after game, just like his previous reputation suggested.

And to think they gave him the same number Probert and Chelios wore.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:04 PM

We should make an official " KHL" thread, featuring news of NHL players headed off to the KHL. There tends to be a decent amount of NHLers that leave for Russia every offseason. Not many so far this year, though.
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Posted 05 July 2011 - 10:49 PM

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:11 AM

I wonder if his family is going along this time. I understand his wife not wanting to travel whilst pregnant this year.

Best of luck to him. He certainly seemed like a nice enough person.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:15 AM

Good luck to him, though I never liked him with us I don't wish him ill.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 07:21 AM

..so detroit was too far away from california?

LOL When I read the headline, I thought that exact same thing!

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 12:09 PM

Rusty was good for us in the playoffs.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 01:33 PM

10 years from now, none of us will remember that he played here.

He wasn't physical enough, and took dumb penalties game after game, just like his previous reputation suggested.


The same is true of Lilja.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 01:37 PM

He played well for Detroit most of the time. Good luck to him.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:29 PM

The same is true of Lilja.


That's not what Sheldon Souray's face would tell you after Lilja dropped him on his candy ass.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:39 PM

The same is true of Lilja.


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 02:40 PM

I always wonder: Why does a player go to the KHL? Is it an easier paycheck than playing in the NHL, as well as a learning experience, or is it just the least painful way to flesh out your résumé, without going through the angst of waiting for a team to call your agent?

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:07 PM

I always wonder: Why does a player go to the KHL? Is it an easier paycheck than playing in the NHL, as well as a learning experience, or is it just the least painful way to flesh out your résumé, without going through the angst of waiting for a team to call your agent?

In a lot of cases, including this one, it is close to home. It's different going to another continent if you know the language and the culture. It was probably a lot harder for him to come here than it will be to go back.

If you can't get a good job where you're living, why not go home? He played in the Russian Elite League in his hometown (Minsk, Belarus) before coming to the NHL. Now that he's getting older, why not go back to a Russian league?

Sometimes things come full circle.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:11 PM

In a lot of cases, including this one, it is close to home. It's different going to another continent if you know the language and the culture. It was probably a lot harder for him to come here than it will be to go back.

If you can't get a good job where you're living, why not go home? He played in the Russian Elite League in his hometown (Minsk, Belarus) before coming to the NHL. Now that he's getting older, why not go back to a Russian league?

Sometimes things come full circle.


Because most of these players' kids grow up in America, meaning this country is what they're used to. School, friends, culture, TV, food, weather, etc.

A move is more of a culture shock for them than for the players who used to live in Europe, many of them being from Russia.

Hence, like the poster above, I'm also surprised so many players are willing to move to the KHL.

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Posted 06 July 2011 - 03:33 PM

That's not what Sheldon Souray's face would tell you after Lilja dropped him on his candy ass.

I was hoping Souray would go to the East so we could see Round 2. Also, we could've seen Erskine annihilate him. Erskine would kill Souray.
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Posted 06 July 2011 - 04:50 PM

Because most of these players' kids grow up in America, meaning this country is what they're used to. School, friends, culture, TV, food, weather, etc.

A move is more of a culture shock for them than for the players who used to live in Europe, many of them being from Russia.

Hence, like the poster above, I'm also surprised so many players are willing to move to the KHL.

Yeah, I can see that for the kids, but lots of players go "home" during the offseason, or at least back for a visit to see the family, so it's not like the kids haven't been exposed to the language and culture.

Kids adapt much more easily than adults. Unless the kid was old enough to stay here on their own, or perhaps with relatives for a short while (like finishing high school), it wouldn't really be an issue. They're not the ones looking for work.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:30 PM

That's not what Sheldon Souray's face would tell you after Lilja dropped him on his candy ass.

ummm....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHitREzLulU&feature=player_embedded#at=35


Like most Lilja fights, it ended when he lost his balance and fell down after taking several punches to the head.

As I've said before, much respect for him trying to learn to fight at the NHL level, but he the best he ever did in a fight was not get his ass handed to him.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:49 AM

ummm....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHitREzLulU&feature=player_embedded#at=35


Like most Lilja fights, it ended when he lost his balance and fell down after taking several punches to the head.

As I've said before, much respect for him trying to learn to fight at the NHL level, but he the best he ever did in a fight was not get his ass handed to him.


Lilja only fell because he was tied up with Souray. Souray was the one who lost his balance after getting hit in the head.

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