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#2684589 Datsyuk Announcement to Officially Leave NHL

Posted by sibiriak on 09 August 2016 - 01:29 PM



Great player, great career - but I stand by what Ive said so many times - he handled his departure worse than any other notable Detroit Red Wing, and shouldn't be recognized much moving forward.

That's a bit strong, IMO. I still think Pavel was an outstanding player even compared to past Wings greats, and should be recognized as such. I just dislike his (or more likely his advisors) attempt to sugarcoat his decision to quit the NHL while still more or less on top. Just say it like it is: I can't play at a level I am used to, so I am moving to an easier league. Don't feed us bullcrap about "family" when it was clearly not the deciding factor at all.

#2677385 Alexander Radulov: Wings on short-list of desired teams

Posted by sibiriak on 10 June 2016 - 03:12 PM

Let's see, the Canadian dollar is worth less then a US dollar, which makes Phil Kessel better than Crosby.

A Euro is worth more than the US dollar so H Sedin is better than Kessel

A Kuweiti dinar is worth over 3 US dollars so there must be a Kuweiti hockey player that is the best in the world.

In a word, laughable.


P.S. I don't want Radulov on the Wings, and wouldn't even if a dollar was worth 5 kopeek (0.05 of a Russian ruble)

#2673161 Pavel Datsyuk Career Appreciation Thread (Mod Warning Post #40)

Posted by sibiriak on 23 April 2016 - 09:48 AM


Haha yeah or people just bounced of of him goes to show the dude wasn't just ridiculously skilled but also a very strong player. God will I miss Pasha just like with Lids time flew by way too fast...damn you father time.


But I'm already looking forward to seeing his YT highlights dangling around Kovalchuck and Radulov.

He will never dangle around Kovalchuk or Radulov.


They can never be found in their defensive zone :)

#2654803 Ilya Kovalchuk announces retirement

Posted by sibiriak on 24 February 2016 - 12:34 AM

the guy is an ******* and he proved it again.

I don't know if there was any conflict in the locker room or with the coaching staff. It could be just reaction to uninspired play, a signal to the rwest of the team, like I said.

#2622376 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by sibiriak on 05 August 2015 - 08:38 PM

I'll just have to take ur word for it. I do think keeping Tarasenkos in the KHL would improve the culture and prestige of the league in ways that are difficult to quantify

Even the densest Russian hockey officials understand by now that if a Russian kid got drafted in top 5, or even top 40, he WILL be going to the NHL. Whatever they do. See Malkin, Eugeny, as an example.They can choose to burn bridges with him, or give their blessing and have him play for there national team and perhaps return to the KHL in the future. This idea that top players can be kept in Russia has been dead for at least a decade now. The current concern is that a lot of young prospects go to NA before they are ready, play in juniors and AHL, but very few make it to the NHL. So an ideal state of affairs from Russian standpoint would have been for the players to go to NHL after they mature, and incidentally, after they played a few years for the club that paid for their development costs and the club had a chance to make back that investment. That age would be somewhere between 25 and 28. How to get to this ideal is ... unclear, to put it mildly.

#2617960 Mike Richard's Contract Terminated (Not Bought Out)

Posted by sibiriak on 01 July 2015 - 12:24 PM

Looks like he was arrested on border, going INTO Canada with oxycotin pills. He didnt have prescription for it so cud be charged with smuggling.


Whichever side of the border he ended up at (and if he was arrested by the mounties, he must have been in Canada) he will not be able to travel to and from United States. Which is a significant hardship for an NHL player. So that would probably be the basis for Kings' terminating his contract, since he can't travel normally with the team. Convinient for them, but probably justified, so the NHLPA may not be able to reverse the contract termination.

#2609861 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by sibiriak on 23 May 2015 - 11:16 AM

NHL RFA players can go to the KHL. Drafted players can go to the KHL. Fetisov wants all Russians to have to stay in Russia until they're 28, not just be bound to their contracts.

No, he didn't say that. He said that all players, foreign or domestic should be subject to RFA rules before they are 27, so, and I quote, "Rich clubs can't buy up all the best players." He refers here to so called "oligarkh" clubs: SKA St Petersburg, Avangard Omsk, Ak Bars Kazan and some others. The letters NHL never crossed his lips in this interview.

#2609758 Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Posted by sibiriak on 22 May 2015 - 04:33 PM

Guys, please save your indignation. I just listened to Fetisov interview where he allegedly said what you are all railing about. Well, he didn't. He said that KHL needs Russian Labor laws amended, so they can introduce RFA status for younger players (up tp 27 years old), like the NHL does. As law stands now, any Russian player (or any other employee) can break his contract and effectively become a UFA on their own initiative and with 2 weeks notice,

I am not Fetisov's greatest fan, he said and did a few things I disadree with since he left for Russia, but this time. he is not guilty of what he is accused of..

#2574364 Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

Posted by sibiriak on 24 February 2015 - 12:00 PM




In the paragraph above you've basically said, if you don't count the Soviets' best teams and players, and you don't count the advantage they gain from being forced to play together all the time, and you don't count the junior hockey records, then it's clear the Soviet system is much worse.  Which is probably true, but what does that really tell you?

Actually I am saying that we don't have enough information to say which style of play was superior in the 70s and 80s.

There were too few "best vs best" or even "average vs average" matchups between Canadian/NHL and Soviet teams. So I can't draw any evidence-based conclusions. Therefore we are left with personal taste, I enjoyed the CSKA and Soviet National team brand of hockey more than the NA version, but that is just an aesthetic preference  and not a basis for awarding superiority. Just like some men preferring blonds and some preferring brunettes doesn't make one superior to the other.

#2573828 Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

Posted by sibiriak on 23 February 2015 - 05:09 PM

Except for maybe 3-4 top lines (20 top players in USSR) on few top Soviet teams, other Soviet players couldn't produce the same artistry on ice, due to lack of overwhelming skill. Yes, the overall style was a bit more E-W in Russia and N-S in NA, but neither proved obviously superior or even more entertaining, IMO.

Igor is simply being nostalgic. I share his fond memories of what top Russian players could do (somewhat helped by the fact that apart from 87 Canada Cup finals, they usually met inferior opponents). I just don't think it is possible to recreate this now without assembling top players on one team and have them play many games together and practice even more. In other words, by recreating the same Red Army system that Larionov, Fetisov and Co. hate so much. :P

#2542740 slava voynov suspended after domestic violence arrest

Posted by sibiriak on 20 October 2014 - 10:00 PM

I am Russian, so I'm sorry to see this happen to one of my countrymen. But I think the NHL handled this fairly. They are putting on an entertainment product, and Voynov's presence would be detrimental to selling their product to the public. So they removed him. It's a no-brainer business decision. He is being paid, so they are fullfilling their contractual obligations to him. If he is proven innocent, he goes back on the ice. If not, his contract gets voided.

Its fair.

#2535342 Expansion draft - how many players can each team protect ?

Posted by sibiriak on 01 September 2014 - 07:10 PM

That's kind of foolish. Once this next CBA is up there will be another lockout it's what the PA wants. There isn't any debating it, cause it's going to happen.

If the NHLPA wanted a work stoppage, they could strike. Lockout is, by definition, owners locking the players out.

Disclaimer: I do not wish to start any discussion of whose fault it was/is/will be. Just a word usage note.

#2535058 Datsyuk or Fedorov?

Posted by sibiriak on 27 August 2014 - 06:15 PM

I saw both play, and regardless of the stats, I can always expect to be wowed by something Pavel will do on the ice. Be it a deke, a pass, a hit avoided, a steal, something. Not so much for Fedorov. He might score 4 points, but they will be somewhat boring, just a guy who is stronger, shoots harder, and skates faster overcoming the inferior competition. Kind of like watching a adult play with kids, almost. :)

#2485209 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by sibiriak on 19 February 2014 - 02:30 PM

LMFAO Latvian d man closed the puck on the goal line with his glove and refs waived the goal off.The war room is in Moscow,right :lol:

Sorry, hand on puck is not reviewable. Puck didn't cross the goal line, that's reviewable.

War room location is in Sochi and it is not staffed by Russians but bu IIHF officials that (apparently) have no nationality :P

#2485160 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by sibiriak on 19 February 2014 - 01:42 PM

From the link above...


The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?

Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.


Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?


Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.

Sorry, but that analysis is utter BS. Medvedev played over Nikulin (KHL), Nikitin (NHL), and Belov (AHL mostly). He was one of the better D-men for Russia. Not great, but then noone on our blue line was even above average. On the 3 Finnish goals today: 1st, Nikitin, NHL Dman got beat like a schoolchild; 2nd, Voynov had a puck bounce over his stick, and didn't have enough speed to recover, so he lost the puck to Garnlund, but his D-partner, the most titled of the Russian D, Markov fell down and left Selanne wide open; what happened to play the pass, not the man on the 2-1???;

3rd PP goal for Finland - Tyutin, our supposedly 2-3rd best D, got blocked out by Granlund and had a best seat watching him score. This was not KHL-NHL problem. Our only effective forward line was Kovy-Datsyuk-Radulov, KHL(sorta)-NHL-KHL. OV-Malkin-Semin didn't work at all, in spite of Malkin's efforts, so coach broke them up, putting Popov on that line so at least somebody would chase the puck and backcheck. As a result, 3rd line of Semin-Anisimov-Kulemin got at least some shots. Perhaps Tarasenko, Nichushkin, Tikhonov with Tereshchenko centering might have gotten some more time, but they weren't standout either.

IMO, the major problems were Ovechkin never finding a place, being unable to change his game from stand-wait-shoot approach. Use your GD speed Alex...

The constant attempts of our D to find  forward with a long stretch pass at other blue line drove me bats***. That never works.

Our PP wasn.t working. If they scored on just 15% of the PP opportunities, they'd be in the semis now.

Other than that, they did just about what i expected. The players we had were the best of a short list, so all the KHL-NHL talk is uniformed. Who was left at home that was better than the ones on the ice for Russia?