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#1 Playmaker

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:04 PM

http://www.freep.com...ov-konstantinov

 

I never watch Channel 4 news, but pushed a wrong button accidentally this morning and saw them "tease" this interview and stayed tuned in to watch.

 

I have to say it was baffling to say the least and the interviewer did a lousy job of having Fetisov elaborate on his "accusations".

 

If Mr. Ilitch/Detroit RedWings aren't still supporting Konstantinov, I'd have to wonder who is.  His rehab/care are extremely expensive, not something a person in his situation would typically get.

 

It's pretty clear that the accident still haunts Slava.  From what I recall, his chest injury resulted from Vladdie being launched into him on impact.  



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:19 PM

Well that's just bizarre...

 

Some bold statements.from Fetisov.

 

“I think this guy did it on purpose, the limo driver"

 

"But the most thing that pissed off is the position of the team"

 

He said he was told..."Not team event"  by the Red Wings. Was ticked off at the Wings’ response to the crash, which Scillian said affected Konstantinov’s long-term health coverage.

 

"The guys who fights for this cup, like it's his last chance.  You know Vladimeer"

 

"I still try to understand why.  Why is this kid, who I knew since he was 14 years old,  why did this guy get in a situation like that. I still can't find the answer"


"The leader must never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert."
Vince Lombardi
 
When asked who won, Babcock said, “Well it doesn’t really matter as long as you don’t lose. It’s like going bear hunting, you take a slow guy with you in case the bear is hungry.”

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:05 PM

Yeah, I found it odd, too, especially on the heels of all the seemingly good will with the Alumni game.

 

He was just throwing a lot of stuff out there, but yet without a lot of explanation or reasoning behind it.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:21 PM

The whole interview rubbed me the wrong way.  Some pretty serious accusations with absolutely nothing to back up or to explain any of his positions.


"The leader must never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert."
Vince Lombardi
 
When asked who won, Babcock said, “Well it doesn’t really matter as long as you don’t lose. It’s like going bear hunting, you take a slow guy with you in case the bear is hungry.”

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:27 PM

Wasn't he pissed off that he wasn't offered a new contract after the 97-98 season?  Maybe he's still mad about that.

 

I'm pretty sure that Konstantinov's and Mnatsakanov's insurance is covering everything


Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:31 PM

Pre-Sochi blather? That's probably not fair to Fetisov. But, like you guys have said, it's a pretty strange interview, tone-wise, timing-wise, etc.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:05 PM

Wasn't he pissed off that he wasn't offered a new contract after the 97-98 season?  Maybe he's still mad about that.

 

I'm pretty sure that Konstantinov's and Mnatsakanov's insurance is covering everything

I don't think retired NHL players have an insurance plan, and I highly doubt team massage therapists do. I know Steve Moore's family has discussed the fact that his recovery has been hampered by the lack of affordable care and he was living with his parents.  The Avalanche somewhat distanced themselves from him and gave little to no financial support. They get a 45k/yr pension after playing 106 games, but that wouldn't cover the kind of care he's getting. Vladdie is still getting intensive therapy for 6+ hours a day and has a round the clock caregiver.  The therapy that he's getting usually is for patients in the early stages of recovery(and with good insurance or a ton of money.)  It's rare for patients to make significant gains in function so many years after the TBI.  It would be highly unlikely an insurance company is covering type of therapy.  Its not affordable on SSDI/Medicaid.  



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:12 PM

I bet if this thread was titled..."Fetisov claims limo crash was no accident" it would get ALOT more hits.  Just sayin...lol


"The leader must never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert."
Vince Lombardi
 
When asked who won, Babcock said, “Well it doesn’t really matter as long as you don’t lose. It’s like going bear hunting, you take a slow guy with you in case the bear is hungry.”

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:12 PM

I don't think retired NHL players have an insurance plan, and I highly doubt team massage therapists do. I know Steve Moore's family has discussed the fact that his recovery has been hampered by the lack of affordable care and he was living with his parents.  The Avalanche somewhat distanced themselves from him and gave little to no financial support. They get a 45k/yr pension after playing 106 games, but that wouldn't cover the kind of care he's getting. Vladdie is still getting intensive therapy for 6+ hours a day and has a round the clock caregiver.  The therapy that he's getting usually is for patients in the early stages of recovery(and with good insurance or a ton of money.)  It's rare for patients to make significant gains in function so many years after the TBI.  It would be highly unlikely an insurance company is covering type of therapy.  Its not affordable on SSDI/Medicaid.  

 

Someone is covering it.  If it's not the Wings, or Konstantinov's insurance, who is it?


Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:27 PM

 

Someone is covering it.  If it's not the Wings, or Konstantinov's insurance, who is it?

That's a good question.  My only other guess would be that the auto insurance for the Limo company is or was.  I think that Michigan's no fault law has (had?) unlimited medical coverage if you're injured in an auto accident.  (I know there were attempts to limit this recently.  Can't recall what the outcome was)  But since they went bankrupt as a result, I don't know how that affects things.  I guess it isn't any of our business, but it is a curiosity of mine.  I'm thrilled Vladdie has been able to get such good care and has taken advantage of it.  

 

I bet if this thread was titled..."Fetisov claims limo crash was no accident" it would get ALOT more hits.  Just sayin...lol

Agreed.  2 minutes on me for poor thread title  :(  *hangs head and skates to the box*  Mods, feel free to change the title.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 02:31 PM

Someone is covering it.  If it's not the Wings, or Konstantinov's insurance, who is it?

 

The KGB. Obviously.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 03:37 PM

Isn't Fetisov a member of the Duma?  If so, it's probably a part of the offensive against non-Russian foreigners.  I'm never a conspiracy theorist, but Putin is all about cultural battles and any dig at a Canadian or American business, related to hockey, right before the Olympics, is probably part of a concerted effort.


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:03 PM

Slava has changed since he became politician...
He has long lost a lot of respect from many people who idolized him...

Well, at least he was a good man once.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:48 PM

Slava has changed since he became politician...
He has long lost a lot of respect from many people who idolized him...

Well, at least he was a good man once.

Perhaps, but that the Wings sort of walked away from Vladdie, while raking in millions, is somewhat dooshy if you ask me.   I thought the Wings/Ilitches had more class than that.  They certainly are fooling a lot of people. So I'm with him on that one.  Seeing is he is the only un brain injured person to survive the limo crash, he's the only one who can really say what exactly happened.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:39 PM


Slava has changed since he became politician...
He has long lost a lot of respect from many people who idolized him...
Well, at least he was a good man once.


Perhaps, but that the Wings sort of walked away from Vladdie, while raking in millions, is somewhat dooshy if you ask me.   I thought the Wings/Ilitches had more class than that.  They certainly are fooling a lot of people. So I'm with him on that one.  Seeing is he is the only un brain injured person to survive the limo crash, he's the only one who can really say what exactly happened.


How have they walked away from him?

Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:59 PM

According the Fetisov, the Wings made decisions that affected Vladdie's long term care.  With the Wings saying it isn't a team event implies they didn't take financial responsibility.  If that is indeed the case, then I feel like they did walk away from him.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 07:26 PM

He seems to be well taken care of to me

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 08:23 PM

According the Fetisov, the Wings made decisions that affected Vladdie's long term care.  With the Wings saying it isn't a team event implies they didn't take financial responsibility.  If that is indeed the case, then I feel like they did walk away from him.


So you're basing it all on Fetisov saying something. Given the fact that he has high level care, is given access to the owner's personal luxury suite several times a year, is flown in for major team events, the team sold patches to raise money for him and Sergei, and they promote his charity, I'm assuming that they didn't walk away.

Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:33 PM

Since Fetisov was in the accident, played with the Red Wings and has known Konstantiov most of his life, I would tend to think he'd know better than anyone.  When asked about it, Jimmy Devellano didn't say that Fetisov was wrong, only that Vladdie seemed to be doing well and happy, but didn't dispute what Fetisov said.  I would think if the Red Wing organization provided for his medical care, that it would have been vehemently disputed.

 

The people who purchased the patches, the Red Wing fans, supported him, not the Red Wings organization.  He lives in the Detroit area, so he doesn't have to be flown in from anywhere.  I don't really see letting Vladdie sit in his box as any kind of big financial sacrifice on the part of the Red Wings organization.

 

While he is doing well considering his situation, if he had to wait to get therapy or medical care due to finances, waiting for a law suit or insurance settlement, especially early on, and the Red Wings didn't take financial responsibility for it, selling patches and giving him access to Mike Ilitch's luxury box doesn't make up for that.   Its hard to understand especially considering all the figure head jobs they've given to former players of late like Draper, Maltby, Chelios, etc.  



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:50 PM

I don't think it's the Wings responsibility to take care of him for the rest of his life







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