Friday, July 20, 2007

Farewell, Yashin

Alexei Yashin has gone home.

The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.
Here's a look at where Yashin is headed. It's a city of about 600,000 that is relatively close to Moscow, but obviously quite a difference from playing on Long Island.

UPDATE Reports from Russia indicate Yashin had offers from New Jersey and Ottawa, but the dollar figures involved were not high enough to keep him in North America.

It's hard to believe a return to Ottawa would have ever been in the cards given the way he left.

UPDATE Former Nashville Predators assistant coach Paul Gardner, now Lokomotiv's head coach, has a few comments on Yashin for the Russian press here.

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8 Comments:

At 2:44 PM, July 20, 2007, Blogger jorach said...

Hahaha.

 
At 3:13 PM, July 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

carol alt will have fun dealing with the russian winter.

 
At 3:27 PM, July 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where did you hear that ottawa made him an offer?
that's impossible to believe..

 
At 3:28 PM, July 20, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Soviet Sport.

It's tough to verify the accuracy of foreign reports like that, but that's what they've got.

 
At 3:30 PM, July 20, 2007, Anonymous Mike said...

...and fans of every team in the league breath a collective sigh of relief, knowing that they will not be the ones saddled with this guy.

 
At 3:56 PM, July 20, 2007, Blogger jorach said...

"UPDATE Reports from Russia indicate Yashin had offers from New Jersey and Ottawa, but the dollar figures involved were not high enough to keep him in North America."

The New York Islanders decided to pay him $3m a year NOT TO PLAY FOR THEM, and he thinks he commands top dollar.

How delusional is this guy?

 
At 4:10 PM, July 20, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Oy. Yaroslavl is halfway to nowhere: about 200 miles northeast of Moscow. Granted, it's only halfway to nowhere. The guys you hear about who have played in Chelyabinsk, or Magnitogorsk, or the other places on the eastern slope of the Urals are the ones who have made it all the way to nowhere. I have no idea at all why any of the really good Russian hockey players would head out that way.

My father spent six weeks teaching in Ekaterinburg, and said that it is, by far, the most depressing place he's ever been.

 
At 5:07 PM, July 20, 2007, Anonymous Danny said...

This is the best thing to ever happen to the NHL.

I hope he never comes back again.

 

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