Yashin: Return of the Century
Or so they're saying in Russia today.
Here's a rough translation from a column by Paul Strizhevsky appearing in Sport Express (Russian readers are encouraged to send better versions in):
Newspaper mastheads, we know, are prone to hyperbole. (We use) this and all-capitals to draw readers' eyes, even when the label is seemingly well.For a contrasting opinion, Ottawa's the best place to look.
I can say that the (headline on) these events is without the slightest exaggeration. ... Whatever motives guided (this) outstanding player, one is undeniable: With Yashin, Russian hockey will be much more interesting and brighter than without it. And for that we, ice hockey fans, can only congratulate themselves, and Locomotive and its likely future captain, thank.
With the return of the century, you Alexei!
The newspaper also had an interview with Yashin sometime in the past few hours, and he intimated that he had offers from several teams, both NHL and Russian, and chose Yaroslavl because he played there during the lockout and "really liked this club and the environment... and the atmosphere. Since then, the city has been my second hockey home after Yekaterinburg, where I was born. I look forward to meeting with my old friends, Tkachenko, (Igor) Ulanov, Krasotkin, Vlasenkov and other hockey players."
He goes onto say that there were numerous "very interesting" NHL offers, but in the end, "we weighed all in the family and decided to return."
Yashin said the terms of the one-year deal have not been entirely fleshed out.