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March 26, 2008

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Malik played fine they all did.. It is a broken record, not enough goals sored and the PP. Keep Prucha in sit Ryan when Gomez comes back add Moore to play 4th line center with Sjustrom and Prucah, 4 skilled lines.......

just get points when you do not play your best and they will be fine..

losses suck but they are gonna hapen, need to score more goals because not every game is gonna be a shut out by hank.

Dubi, what is a real Cherepanov's story?

Malkin and the Pens had a sketchy situation, but they did it... Sather works for Dolan.. if they want Chere in the US, they will have Chere in the US.

Except that Russian law was changed as a result of the Malkin situation, so that loophole was closed. It's a matter of money -- Brooks says a change of ownership in Avangard caused the change of plan, which means they either prefer the player over the money or are holding out for more money. The NHL has rules about how much money can be paid which is no doubt part of the problem.

wasn't ovechkin a real problem also? didn't his russian league file a lawsuit against the NHL and the caps?

If Straka is healthy, I don't understand why he wasn't put at centre in on the second line replacing Gomez. Avery loses his effectiveness at centre, we've seen this before, and even though Jagr scored, that first line without Avery's presence is flat. You had three ineffective combinations in place of what was. On top of that without Betts, the fourth line doesn't roll, it is spotted, and this puts more pressure on the other combinations. I know Renney wants to give Prucha and Hollweg their rewards for being good soldiers, but in the face of losing two centres, he's got to go back to the drawing board, and bring in Moore if necessary, or I don't see any offensive power at all.

Two teams that have been absolutely devastated by injuries, Carolina and Edmonton, are sizzling with a bunch of no-name fill-ins. Carolina without Brind'Amour, Cullen, Whitney and Williams and last night Eaves hasn't lost a beat. The other night if you watched Edmonton against Minnesota in the first four minutes without Horcoff, Souray, Torres and Moreau, you'd have thought you'd been transported back to 1987. Three goals. My point is that mistakes are going to be made and Avery made a whopper, and our defence is what it is, statistically pretty good, but the forward combinations as they were inspire no confidence.

I agree 100% with Stuart A - sit hollweg, call up moore, and play prucha - we need skilled players on the ice who can put the puck in the net!

Sit Callahan? AND play Prucha? Your joking right?

Sorry Stuart I thought you meant Cally, My apologies. Thank God Tyutin is off the PP according to Sam's blog. He has been awful on the PP. Sean has won more games for us than He has lost.


We gotta win tomorrow!!!!
LETS GO RANGERS

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The current bid is 505 Canadian which is also 505 US.

Regarding Cherepanov (pay attention there will be a quiz on this later)

Both the Rangers and Cherepanov are in a tug of war with several interested parties pulling from several different sides.

The Russians of course do not wish to lose him to the NHL as they are trying to keep their best young talent in Russia as they try to build up the Russian Super League into a serious competitor to the NHL.

Avangard his team does not want to accept the $200,000 transfer fee they want 2 million plus for his rights

The NHL does not want the Rangers to pay more than 200,000 because they with legit reasons fear that would set a very bad benchmark price for Russian prospects.

The IIHF does not want Cherepanov coming over to North America unless he is guaranteed to be playing for the Rangers and not in the AHL. They want Europeans to develop in Europe and go directly to the NHL (which raises the stature of European leagues)

Several member hockey federations (mainly Sweden and the Czech Rep) in Europe want to see the Rangers pay the 2 million so they can get their transfer fees raised as well.

The Rangers would love to bring Cherepanov over for next season but they are in a no-win situation, if the pay more than 200,000 then the NHL will be angry and could refuse to honor his contract.

If Cherepanov comes over and winds up in Hartford then the IIHF will want to see him sent back to Russia as part of any new transfer agreement. They do not want to see any Europeans playing in the AHL or ECHL.

The Rangers are concerned that while Cherepanov is in Russia that he will be pressured to sign a new contract to remain there and that they would lose their exclusive rights to him in 2009.

Confused? Do not feel bad

No reason for Rangers fans to get crazy now. Jagr played well and the power play looked pretty good. It's a hockey game. They got a point.

If Jagr keeps that same game-face and the power play remains simple and determined, then the Rangers will do better than I could've imagined for this season.

If the team defense is the Achilles heel, aka mistakes, as it was last night, then this team can go far.

Jagr stepped it up. That's what I want to see.

Thanks, Jess, that's a nice summary of all the various pieces of the puzzle. Everybody has an angle.

One question: does the NHL have any legal authority over the amount of money the Rangers can offer? Could the Rangers risk the disapproval of the league and pay the $2 million? Certainly the salary cap gives the team a lot more money to play with. I understand the league wouldn't like it -- and I understand if the Rangers don't want to risk the league's wrath -- but could the Rangers do what they want here?

I agree with ntb on the last thread who said that the key to a good power play is the point man. It is no coincidence that we last won the cup with Leetch and Zubov as the most deadly PP duo the league has seen in a long time. I never understood the trade of Zubov. UGh. Anyway, this team lacks a top-notch point man, so it will struggle on the PP, we're going to have to live or die with it.

I've given up talking about the PP for the most part. It has been the same story for 3 seasons. In fact it's pretty much been the same philosophy for 3 seasons, and it has suffered from pretty much the same problems the whole time. I have yet to see them cycle the puck low to the goalies left side and stuff one in. Yet, they have been doing that same play since Renney has been coaching. It is a horrible shooting angle, it does not generate rebounds, it creates no chaos, leaves you vulnerable to rushes the other way, and most importantly...it has not been working!!

For the most part, I've figured Renney, Pearn, and Pelino just are not Power Play guys. I'm really just surprised with this group that they have not used a different team's format by now with all the 'preparation' they're known for. They all say "traffic in front and generate shots," but I have not seen Jagr's PP unit set up this way in 3 seasons. For 3 years now, we cannot get a guy set up in front consistantly.

The PP issues point directly to the coaching staff. They're not trying new individuals and they're not trying new strategies. How many times (years?) does Rozsival have to be told to stop passing the puck to Jagr everytime he has it? Why do we keep attacking from the corner 1,000's of times? Why can't we put someone in front and blast from the points? According to Renney, that's what he wants. And if that is what he wants, then why does he keep letting his PP waste 45-60 secs of every PP just passing the puck around?

So in my mind, there is a little bit of dishonesty when the team discusses the PP. I find it extremely hard to believe that the coaching staff says one thing and lets the team do whatever they want out there.

My question about Cherepanov is: If his original contract says he can do whatever he wants in 08/09, how the heck can new mgmt override the original contract?

His contract does not say he can do whatever he wants next season -- he had verbal consent from Avangard that they would release him from the last season of the contract so that he can come to the U.S., but now they're going back on that.

Actually, Cherepanov was saying two different things even last June when he was drafted -- he was telling U.S. reporters that he would be here next season, but he was telling Russian reporters that he had two seasons left on his Avangard contract that he planned to honor.

Oh ok, thanks for clearing it up. I think the NHL would give the Rangers' organization a pass at paying the 2m.. it would start a bad precedent, BUT imagine the press/media behind it with the guy who broke a Bure record coming to play in the NHL.. I'm sure the Dolans will do some backdoor deal.

With the power play doing as bad as it is...I think Renney needs to mix it up a bit instead the same tiring line-ups that have not produce at all. He needs to throw someone BIG like Orr (even Malik!) in front of the net to create chaos. Do something, anything to spark the PP.

if the rangers can win tomarrow and keep the seep dream alive we will tie the Debbies and the sens with 91 points, now will we sit we obviously have won the season series with the debbies but lost it to the sens, but they have beat the sens so are we put into 4th or 5th?

you remember when malik was on the pp? they had him standing in front for like 2 games like 2 seasons ago... i dont think it was such a bad idea... but them again the malik boo-birds might....

This is the exact reason why Cherepanov fell to #17 on Draft Day. He would never have been available to us in the draft had these issues not been known. They thought their side agreement would help (and it still may).


Does every Russian player have this problem or only the good ones? Did Anisimov have an issue like this?

What's stopping Cherepanov from buying a plane ticket and not going back? :P

Paul F

does the NHL have any legal authority over the amount of money the Rangers can offer?

(I am assuming you mean regarding the transfer rights which is how I will base my response)

It depends on who you talk to, technically no because as of right now the Russians are no signers to the IIHF/NHL transfer agreement. Since there is no set agreed upon price then legally there is nothing the NHL can supposedly do.

However I must also point out that I am not a lawyer or any sort of expert on international relations. I know what I know because believe it or not there are a lot of Ranger fans in Europe in the right places to tell me things.

Could the Rangers risk the disapproval of the league and pay the $2 million?

Here I do not know as I have not seen where the amount paid for player transfer rights fits into the current CBA. IN MY OWN OPINION I have to say the answer is yes they could but I also know first hand they would anger a lot of people in the NHL if they did.


Certainly the salary cap gives the team a lot more money to play with. I understand the league wouldn't like it -- and I understand if the Rangers don't want to risk the league's wrath -- but could the Rangers do what they want here?

Yes the Rangers could but they would do more to help the Europeans and hurt the rest of the NHL.

I know from first hand experience that when they selected Cherepanov at the draft they angered several NHL teams. Nobody will admit to it but there appears to be an unspoken agreement not to draft Russians anymore.

I also know that the Russians after what happened with Malkin changed their labor laws but serious rumors suggest they also have no problem not honoring contracts current Russian players have with NHL teams.

One other thing that needs to be mention which is that the current IIHF/NHL player transfer agreement expires at the end of this season and the Europeans want some major changes to the next one.

so why can't he do what Malkin did?

so why can't he do what Malkin did?

Because as it was already posted ... Russian Labor Laws were changed after the Malkin fiasco where you gave 2 weeks notice and that was it ... now they are extending it to 30 days notice and it has to be approved by a court to get out of a legally binding contract ...

jess

why dont we "let" Jagr go to Omsk (where he wants to go when he's done in the NHL) and we get Cherepanov. Win win for everyone.

To play devil's advocate, why *should* Russian teams honor contracts current Russian players have with NHL teams? NHL teams haven't been honoring the contract they've had with their players...

Chris - Technically every Russian player who is under contract has to deal with this issue. In Anisimov's case, he was a fouth line player with Lokomotiv, and was likely to remain a fourth line player this season. Cherepanov's a 2nd liner and up-and-coming star who was looked at to be one of Avangard's offensive leaders. Avangard stands to lose a lot more than Lokomotiv did, which makes it a bigger and more complicated issue.

Jess, without the transfer agreement between the NHL and FHR, are you sure NHL teams are even paying the $200k transfer? I was under the impression the FHR was getting nothing for their players currently because they didn't sign.

Chris

This is the exact reason why Cherepanov fell to #17 on Draft Day. He would never have been available to us in the draft had these issues not been known. They thought their side agreement would help (and it still may).

Actually as I said to Paul the actual reason was more about the lack of a PTA with the Russians than anything.

When I was leaving the arena after the first round of the NHL draft I rode down the elevator with some folks from other teams, they were royally ticked at the Rangers for drafting Cherepanov.

Put it this way the NHL appears to be avoiding Russian players in part because IMO the frustrations with being able to get them out of Russia.

2007 8 players selected

2006 15 players (9 in the first 3 rounds)

Pavel

My question about Cherepanov is: If his original contract says he can do whatever he wants in 08/09, how the heck can new mgmt override the original contract?

As Dubi pointed out he was telling 2 stories to people but there is also a lot of pressure on Cherepanov to remain in Russia as well.

There is a new Russian league being formed (former NHLPA head Bob Goodenow is part of it) and they really think they can be as good as the NHL. The NYT had a story recently about how Russian players are now staying home (well it was a fluff piece since they keyed on Yashin and Kasparaitis) but the pressure they are placing on these younger players to stay home is very real.

What's stopping Cherepanov from buying a plane ticket and not going back?

It is my understanding (and I could be wrong here) but by changing their labor laws to match US and Canadian labor laws that the Russians would be able to go into a US court and get an injunction preventing Cherepanov from playing.

In the past the Russians have lost their court cases in North America because of their contract labor laws so they changed them to match ours.

i

so why can't he do what Malkin did?

Because the Russians changed their labor laws after losing the Malkin case in court.


Just finished reading the previous thread where many bloggers had discussed various Ranger options for point duty, but noone commented on the fact that Dawes did not play at all on the power play last night against Philly! in light of the shabby results (scoring is the only thing that matters on the PP, not coming close or getting chances), I can't figure out why Dawes was not out there, given his passing as well as shooting ability; for goodness sake, it's a man advantage situation; left unchecked , Dawes is one of our top offensive weapons, yet he sits in a crucial game. Very frustrating game to watch.

Laurie

To play devil's advocate, why *should* Russian teams honor contracts current Russian players have with NHL teams? NHL teams haven't been honoring the contract they've had with their players...

Rumor has it that they are not as I have heard whispers that they have approached Russian players about coming home (mainly those playing in the minor leagues)

Chris - Technically every Russian player who is under contract has to deal with this issue. In Anisimov's case, he was a fouth line player with Lokomotiv, and was likely to remain a fourth line player this season. Cherepanov's a 2nd liner and up-and-coming star who was looked at to be one of Avangard's offensive leaders. Avangard stands to lose a lot more than Lokomotiv did, which makes it a bigger and more complicated issue.

Not to mention if Avangard joins the new Russian league they too will now be under the Russian salary cap so it makes sense to keep Cherepanov who is not making all that much as a youngster.

Jess, without the transfer agreement between the NHL and FHR, are you sure NHL teams are even paying the $200k transfer? I was under the impression the FHR was getting nothing for their players currently because they didn't sign.

I am not 100% sure that they are or that they are not.

I would guess that on the surface the NHL is making the offer to pay the fee even though they are not legally liable.

My own understanding is that the NHL does not pay the fees directly to the teams but rather to the IIHF who in turn pays the member federations.

I will go ask someone some questions and see if they will answer. I do not believe that I will get a response until tomorrow since it is currently night time where my contact is so I will forward the answers to Dubi for tomorrow.

I hope Chris Drury has a good relationship with Brian Campbell. We really a PP QuarterBack. I hope San Jose bombs. We need him.

"It is my understanding (and I could be wrong here) but by changing their labor laws to match US and Canadian labor laws that the Russians would be able to go into a US court and get an injunction preventing Cherepanov from playing."

Essentially what the new labor law has done is made it a requirement for the *player* to pay back a portion of their contract should they break it. I know in its draft state, the new law was supposed to require 2/3 of the *full contract value* be repaid if the player left early. I don't know if that specific stipulation was included in the final version or not, or whether the dollar amount was left as something a court would decide. Either way, it's the *player* who is technically responsible for paying that money, not the NHL team (though of course we know where that player would get the money!) So sure, the player could get on a plane tomorrow and come on over... but he'll be looking at a whole lot of legal hassle should he ever decide to go home and visit his family.

"Rumor has it that they are not as I have heard whispers that they have approached Russian players about coming home (mainly those playing in the minor leagues)" (sorry, I don't know how to do the italic thing here)

It's no secret that the Russian clubs have no intention of honoring NHL contracts -- they aren't now. Alexander Svitov signed a 2 year, $2.5m deal last July, but opted to stay in Russia and sign with Avangard instead. We already know that Anisimov was contacted earlier in the season about returning to Yaroslavl (though his case is somewhat different, as he claimed his deal with the Rangers provided him with an out). My question was more of a philosophical one: If the NHL hasn't been honoring Russian contracts, why should Russian clubs honor NHL contracts? It's easy to paint the Russians as the evil ones here, but really, they're just trying to do what the NHL has been doing to them for years.

Laurie

I am no lawyer so I will not even try to pretend to understand what you just posted.

What you posted at least to me just makes the matter even greyer and greyer.

If I understood what you posted correctly then I would first get an injunction to prevent that player from playing in the NHL and then I seek further damages (money wise) for the player breaking his contract.

I think the goal here is to make it so hard for a player to buy his way out that they will stay in Russia and then they will pressure him into resigning.

I am sure you heard what Malkin claimed his Russian team did to him when he signed a new contract.

Laurie

If the NHL hasn't been honoring Russian contracts, why should Russian clubs honor NHL contracts? It's easy to paint the Russians as the evil ones here, but really, they're just trying to do what the NHL has been doing to them for years.

And you are 100% in the right here as well.

It is all about stereotypes and the nonsense dating back to the Cold War days.

The Russians I have met both at the draft and elsewhere only want a fair deal. There are times when the NHL does in fact as the "we are your hockey gods obey us now" types.

Public opinion has been easy to sway against the Russians because their side of the story is never really told in a fair or balanced manner.

In all honesty I do think there is a ton of mistrust on both sides that is almost impossible to overcome.

2 million to Cablevision is nothing. Give the russians the money, then as a result the NHL shouldnt let them enter the draft unless they work out a legally-binding deal with the Russian league first saying I can leave the team after a certain date. Problem solved.

I don't understand why execs from any other team would be mad at the Rangers for selecting Cherepanov. If he stays in Russia, their competitor essentially loses a first round pick. They should be happy. Somebody was going to pick him.

Our competitors didn't hesitate to pick Malkin and Kovalchuk and Ovechkin because they were thinking about the greater good. That's BS. And what the Pens did with Malkin was outrageous. We would be outraged if a star under contract left to sign in another country.

I also don't see how not selecting Russian kids in the draft would pressure the Russians to sign a transfer agreement. Presumably, the Russians want to keep their kids and that would make them happy.

Russians are just bitter because Ovechkin is gone.

roc

Chris Drury is very good friends w/Brian Campbell. As it was reported on the Rangers game day broadcast from the last time the team played in Buffalo (before the trade deadline), Drury took Campbell out to dinner the night before and told him "how great it was playing in New York." From what I've read, San Jose definitely wants to sign him before July 1. But for Campbell's part, he sounds like he wants to go into free agency. If Drury's sales pitch is stronger than San Jose's, then Campbell will be available on July 1st. However, San Jose will go after Campbell hard. But if the Rangers can get Campbell, then Captain Clutch will have come through again.

On to other matters. I don't know if it's the sugar or caffeine from all the soda I've been drinking lately, but between all the talk about the PP (lack of) and the byzantine complexities of dealing w/the Russian league and contracts, my head is spinning. This may be waaaay off course but, could what's happening with the Russian league affect the Rangers dealings w/Jagr? That is, if the Russian league makes it impossible for the Rangers to get Cherepanov over here next season, could they try to pull Jagr over there? Unless he's already set playing in Russia. Which would be an incentive for Cherepanov to stay there. On second thought, that's probably a moot ? since Jagr sez he's already decided what to do about next season. You know what? I've had too much sugar.

Anyway, read this and discuss:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-roysuspended&prov=ap&type=lgns

This may be late but I lay a great deal of the blame for last night's loss on the coach. He changed the entire look of the team to replace Gomez. Betts is missed on the penalty kill, but we could get along without him on the 4th line for a little while. Meanwhile, the first line suffered without it's reguler left wing. Renney couldn't wait to get Straka back with Jagr.
Avery was lost at center, and Dawes (who has been getting really hot) disappeared without his usual center. Callahan worked his butt off and Pruka had great energy.
The power play sucks so lets keep Dawes onthe bench. Prucha was great on the man advantage, do these guys forget? We played not to lose on the 4 on 4 situations and as a result gave up both goals in those situations.
Is anyone as pissed as I am in the folly of this so called strategy? Lunquist played great, and everyone worked hard. The only thing that didn't work was the rediculous idea to shake up the entire team to make up for one injury. Way to go Tom!

Crap.. we're going to give Campbell a 7m deal, watch.

Oleo

2 million to Cablevision is nothing. Give the russians the money, then as a result the NHL shouldnt let them enter the draft unless they work out a legally-binding deal with the Russian league first saying I can leave the team after a certain date. Problem solved.

Have you been paying attention to what has been said? If you had taken the time to think about the cause and effect that your idea then you would realize how bad an idea you are offering here.

Sure Oleo let us pay 2 million dollars just for the rights to one player, then what happens when the next player comes along? Going to pay 2 million or even more for him?

Wait Oleo the Swedish Federation now wants the same deal as the Russians just got as do the Czech Republic and the other members of the IIHF. Are you willing to give each of them 2 million bucks for the rights of every single European player?

And we have not even begun to talk about it from the NHL side as you create an imbalance where the bigger market teams are the only ones who can afford to sign the talented Europeans.

And by the way where do you think that 2 million dollars comes from? I am sure that you have just made new friends from Cablevision subscribers and Ranger ticket holders who will see their rates increased to pay for your idea.

Please take the time to think about what you are saying before saying it.

Paul

I don't understand why execs from any other team would be mad at the Rangers for selecting Cherepanov. If he stays in Russia, their competitor essentially loses a first round pick. They should be happy. Somebody was going to pick him.

It goes back to the days when the Rangers simply tossed money at their problems thinking it would fix things. But if nobody picks him in the first round then Cherepanov does not get a guaranteed contract that he now is going to get from the Rangers.

IMO the strange NHL way of thinking is that if they do not select Russian players then they are screwing the Russian federation.

Our competitors didn't hesitate to pick Malkin and Kovalchuk and Ovechkin because they were thinking about the greater good. That's BS. And what the Pens did with Malkin was outrageous. We would be outraged if a star under contract left to sign in another country.

Actually it was Malkin and his agent who broke their Russian contract using the Russian laws in place at the time they did it. The Pens technically did nothing wrong.

It is also about the NHL attempting to force the Russians to accept a transfer agreement that the Russians do not think is fair. It has nothing to do with who picked who or when.

I also don't see how not selecting Russian kids in the draft would pressure the Russians to sign a transfer agreement. Presumably, the Russians want to keep their kids and that would make them happy. >/i>

And you are right the only ones who are losing here as the Russian kids as (using Artem Anisimov as an example) they find themselves being kept for the better money.

Anisimov was rated as a sure fire first round pick, because nobody knew at the time if the Russians were going to let him leave Anisimov fell out of the first round.

It cost Anisimov bonus money, it cost him guarantees and it cost him an even lower salary for his time in the AHL.

Pavel

Actually no the Russians are starting their own league which they believe will be as good as the NHL. IF Dubi does not post one of the links I sent him then I will post it here myself.

Agree with everything said about the coaching ineptitude when it comes to the power play. This coaching staff just can't think outside the box when things aren't working. What would Iron Mike have done. He'd probably have thrown Dubinsky, Dawes and Callahan out there on the PP to shake things up.


Jess

This is what I gather from what you said: It seems that the Russian federation are drawing the line at Cherepanov (after seeing what Malkin and Ovechkin have done in the NHL) and the Rangers are going to be a "test case" for the NHL. The Russians want a new transfer deal and the Rangers are going to have to tread very carefully through a potential contract mine field. Go one way, and they could lose Cherepanov for another year, or maybe permanently. Go another way, and they get blown up by the NHL's other teams and it's administration. Possibly making the organization a pariah for years to come. Is that about it in a nutshell? Cherepanov is caught smack in the middle of this. No wonder Malkin basically ran away. Maybe this is an overreaction but this whole situation could get very messy over the summer.

Bones

Enough with the "Iron Mike" references around here. The man wasn't a genius! He had one good year (then fled) out of how many chances in his whole career? Who cares what he would have done? That was then. This is now. Deal with what's in front of you, not behind.

You know Jess ... you should stop using italics =P

jess

so we should risk losing possibly the best prospect we've drafted in the past 20 years for the good of the league???

besides Henrik

Ok, I REALLY hope someone at least reads this and responds to it b/c here's my take on the Cherepanov situation, and unfortunately I can't comment during work hours due to strict internet policies;

I don't get it. I'm VERY angry and FUMING over this mess and the fact that the Rangers might have wasted a pick. This entire situation is garbage. In life, I hate all this "hint, hint, nudge, nudge" BS like why Ted Nolan couldn't get a job for a decade. The NHL is being prejudice against Russians. Whatever happened to putting the best product out on the ice? As a fan, WE are the ones who pay these peoples salaries and in a league with Brian Burke's, Colin Campbells, and other good ole' boys...I DEMAND that Cherepanov come here and play. Why? Because I PAY these people. This is also his dream to come over to the NHL as he's repeated, and why should he be denied it because of stupid politics?

Look, I understand this sounds arrogant and that Russia wants to have a league to compete with the NHL, but until they get marketing, international sponsorship, and people from all around the world to play (no, not counting Jaime Lundmark), this is not gonna happen. If anything, the NHL has helped to broaden interest in Russian culture and sports as some fans become attached to the Ovechkins, Malkins, etc.

I'm tired of this franchise that we all love have to go through loopholes and stupid pet tricks to field the best franchise and be worried that when Nigel Dawes or some other respectable and classy player gets tripped up next season that the refs will just turn a blind eye because "oh heavens forbid they drafted a Russian."

Ok, that is all..was some of this impulsive and irrational and would I actually say all of this in a calm mood? No way; I just want to see the Rangers win and field the best possible team without any stupid behind the scenes nonsesne.

mikeA

thats exactly how i'm feeling but i feel if Cherepanov wants to be here that bad he will be here.

I have many close Russian friends who tell me that in Russia, very little is fair and just; in business and most aspects of life there.

Who knows what pressure and or threats are being layered on Cherepanov and by what type of characters?

Just my take on it...specualting. Jess, please don't tear me apart on this.

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