Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vishnevski heads to Russia

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said today that Vishevski has cleared waivers and that the 28-year-old defenseman will play in Russia in 2008-09.

"He expressed a desire to go back to Russia for personal reasons and I respect that," Lamoriello said. "We didn't want this to develop into a situation [in] September, so we placed him on waivers now and this will allow him to go play there."

Lamoriello made it clear that this is not a situation like the one involving Alexander Radulov, who signed to play in Russia even though he is still under contract with the the Nashville Predators.
No kidding it's different than the Radulov situation: The Devils are more than happy to get rid of Vishnevski's contract, which is going to pay him $2-million both this coming season and in 2009-10.

Vishnevski was dead last on the Devils in plus minus despite facing weak opposition and playing in limited minutes, and routinely made my lists in 2007-08 and earlier for statistically playing some of the worst defence in the league.

Chalk up another victory for Loophole Lou, who has made quite a few errors lately in signing free agent blueliners. Karel Rachunek, Richard Matvichuk, Vladimir Malakhov and Dan McGillis come to mind.

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At 2:48 p.m., August 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we can wait KHL boss Medvedev's announcment that they have NHL on their collective knees.

One more loss like this and I won't watch NHL anymore. NHL without Simon, Emery, Visnovsky, Kapanen et al is not the same.

Who wants to watch Ovechkin, Crosby, Malkin, Lecavalier, Iginla or Pronger?

Thank God Bobby Hull is now an ambassador for Hawks so he doesn't have that extra time to get WHA2 started. Hmm.

At 3:53 p.m., August 24, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Lamoriello has been brutal with contracts since the lockout. Vladimir Malakhov is another one (one that cost a first round pick) and Alexander Mogilny ending his career in Albany was a disgusting spectacle.

A few more of these, and Lamoriello should be getting the Pierre Lacroix treatment.

At 3:55 p.m., August 24, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Malakhov, right — I knew I'd forgotten someone.

At 4:27 p.m., August 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's amazing how stupid you become as a coach or GM when you lose Gretzky, Stevens or other HHOFs.

Or how smart you're when Crosby, Ovechkin etc. drops in your lap.

Sather, Lamouriello, Lacroix, Patrick, Feaster...

It's not that long ago when Lou and his head scout Dave Conte pretty much invented hockey. Take one Martin Brodeur away and hockey would have been invented by some other geniuses in different organisation.

At 8:02 p.m., August 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KHL teams have lost many exhibition games to Finnish first and second league teams. And Finns have lost most games to Swedish teams so nobody should expect KHL challenge NHL anytime soon.

At 11:47 p.m., August 24, 2008, Anonymous Alec said...

There was a point in the late nineties where the Devils had 40+ drafted & developed players somewhere in the NHL which is an amazing feat while still winning cups


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