Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Saprykin goes to Russia

The Great European Exodus continues, with former Senators winger Oleg Saprykin signing with CSKA Moscow for next season.

Alexei Yashin, Jamie McLennan and Jussi Markkanen have also recently signed deals with European leagues.


At 2:55 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news for Ottawa and NHL. With Russians less is more. Give us Malkin, Ovechkin and such stars but all these average Russian should go home and help sports minister Fetisov in his project...

At 3:10 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Kevin Forbes said...

I thought he was one of Ottawa's better players in the playoffs. Especially so once they got to the Finals.

Regardless, Saprykin allegedly made some interesting comments about Russians in the NHL as well as Russians with the Senators in general:

At 3:33 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shades of Kovalev and Perezhogin in Montreal and Samsonov as well.
Perezhogin said he wasn't used properly by Montreal in an interview and Kovalev said Carbonneau didn't like Russians.
They now have options to go home and make great money, tax-free.
If they are unhappy here, please take the next Aeroflot from PET, Mr. Gainey will gladly drive you to the aeroport in his sparkling 1981 Lada Niva as well.

At 3:47 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance. I still remember the game against Phoenix when this idiot left his feet to deal a behind-the-back hit to Thornton. Luckily Joe smashed him into the Coyotes bench. Of course, we still got pasted 8-0.

At 3:58 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

James do you know how many Canadians are playing in the Russian Super League? I assume McLennan is not the first.

I know many Canadians play in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. But there seem to be very few playing in Finland, eastern Europe and Russia.

At 4:11 p.m., July 31, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Not many, Frank. I'll have a post up on this shortly.

At 5:24 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


In Finland there's Rem Murray, Stephen Guolla, Clarke Wilm, Toporowski... just to name few. Doug Shedden in coaching Jokerit, Helsinki and Team Finland, and Paul Baxter is coaching HIFK, Helsinki.
Two of the Kariya brothers have played in Finland. Martin last year and Steven before that.
Finns love Canadian players since Finns are Europe's Canucks.
In Swedish League there's less Canadians than in Finland.

At 6:02 p.m., July 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides above mentioned Canadian players in Finland there were other ones, too.
Kent Manderville, Andy Chiodo, Layne Ulmer, Kent McDonnel, Martin Sonnenberg, Dale Clarke, Matt Davidsson, Cory Murphy, Brandon Crombeen, Ross Lupachuk (playing in Russia 07/08), Nathan Barrett, Pat Kavanagh, Burke Henry, Paul Healey... (some of these players might be American)


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