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13 Aug 2018 02:01:41
Yakopov said there is prejudice in the NHL if a team has a choice between a Russian player and non Russian player of equal value they will pick the non Russian player.well no freakin duh!!.i have nothing against Russian players in general but all through the years there has not been a higher percentage of lazy. Underachieving and attitude problem players from any other country more so then russia. This isn't being prejudice it's just a fact. Also when you think of soft players by country which one comes to mind. That's right russia. And on top of that which player is most likely to bolt to the KHL? Russia again lol. Come on yak tell us something we don't know


1.) 13 Aug 2018 05:07:19
I agree with everything but the soft part. Sweden and the Czech Republic is much more soft in general.

2.) 13 Aug 2018 05:41:59
I would argue that at the nhl level they are not. but it's close. Years ago the swedes were probably the most physical country outside of canada. A lot of dirty stick work but they were not considered soft. they changed that for the most part throughout the 80s. not all players from any country are soft I mean just look at ovechkin. I just still think if a player is notoriously lazy or soft to the point that they are getting benched or traded because of it more often then not it's going to be a player from Russia. But considering the amount of supremely skilled players they have produced over the years it probably balances out.

3.) 13 Aug 2018 05:48:53
Idk Sweden was once considered the most physical country out side of canada a lot of stick work but they weren't considered soft. I just think if a player is notoriously soft or lazy to the point that he's getting benched or traded more often then not he's going to be from russia. But considering the amount of supremely talented players they have produced over the years it probably balances out.

4.) 13 Aug 2018 14:46:37
The first reply didn't appear to send but I guess it did so I tried to recap it with the 2nd reply lol.

5.) 13 Aug 2018 14:53:53
The sedins might be the softest players I’ve seen and they were once the poster boys for Sweden. None of Russia top players are soft. Yakapov is anything but soft or lazy. But the biggest waist of talent I’ve seen was Alexander Simen.

6.) 13 Aug 2018 15:54:20
The concern over drafting Russian born players is that if they are seven slightly unhappy they run to back to Russia to play in the KHL.

7.) 13 Aug 2018 16:56:53
We'll I can name a few I've seen first hand over the years kovalenko, berezin, and malahkov come to mind pretty quickly. As good as kovalev was he was still lazy lol.

8.) 13 Aug 2018 17:06:28
Sedins were soft but they had a great work ethic. And yes yakupov was lazy too.

9.) 13 Aug 2018 17:09:01
It's funny Malkin tarasenko ovechkin kucherov panarin all get top minutes. It wasn't because the coaches wouldn't play him it's cause he couldn't wouldn't play the system they laid out. The guy is talented has tremendous speed. But he has zero hockey sense and looks lost out there. This is him just not cutting the mustard.

10.) 13 Aug 2018 22:36:19
Ask oilers fans Yakapov might have been the hardest working player on the oilers at the time. He just didn’t have the hockey sense. If anyone on the oilers was lazy it was Justin Schultz.

11.) 13 Aug 2018 22:36:46
Not Justin Schultz sorry I meant Jordan Eberle.

12.) 14 Aug 2018 06:06:17
He didn't work hard enough to get to the dirty spots to score goals he tried to do the same thing he did in junior but it didn't work in the nhl. He skated around the ice like a madman on times and it looked like he was working hard sometimes but he really wasn't.

13.) 14 Aug 2018 06:25:40
I thought Yak was a hard worker. No hockey sense is true and I know you have to earn your ice time but man put him in a place to succeed. When he played with McDavid at the beginning of the season before he got hurt he was second in points and playing important late game minutes. And yeah I get he’s playing with McDavid it’s easy but actually not every guy can do it. Hope they don’t do the same with pool party, can’t keep a talented shooter on the third line with less talented players like they did last season.

14.) 15 Aug 2018 12:28:20
Yeah you can find examples of tough players, soft players, lazy ones, gritty ones, class acts and cheap shot artists from all nationalities. But I agree. Typically the most frustrating players for me are guys that have all the talent in the world, but pick and choose when to use it. Guys like Kovalev, Yashin, Semin (all Russian) . They could be the best player on the ice every night if they wanted and then something wouldn’t go their way and they would just mail it in. I hated seeing that. Jagr did it too before he went to the KHL, then his last stint in the NHL he was a different guy. Almost like he regretted how he had acted in his prime and was trying to enjoy every minute he had left in the league.

Not to sound like I’m picking on Russians either, I will add in that some of my favourite players now are Russian and I would never expect them to pull that garbage. Ovie and Tarasenko for sure. Kuznetsov I want to like, he’s so good and I like the caps, but jury is still out on him for me.



10 Aug 2018 16:19:18
And the award for best user name on this site goes to itookdonscherry! Lololol




03 Aug 2018 00:57:40
Sabres have aquired jeff skinner and they really didn't give up much. Cliff pu is the main piece





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15 Aug 2018 23:33:39
That's a lot of cap for montreal to take on but even still there is nothing of real value going back to ottawa only patches who would probably be there until the deadline this year.




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14 Aug 2018 23:14:31
That's true ctc and also the prospect they got back could have been higher on there radar then most people think he is.




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11 Aug 2018 04:53:19
I think this year could still be a make or break year for him though. He was never the fastest skater but wasn't by no means slow. his stick handeling and overall puck skills were great when he was in junior I thought for sure he'd be a full time nhl forward by now.




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11 Aug 2018 01:22:46
Del colle has really looked bad hey. I wonder what the problem is with him.




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10 Aug 2018 16:13:43
Lol but jim you have to agree it really doesn't make toronto any better.





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