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Monday, December 12, 2005

Kasparminus Explains It All

If the kids are united, they will never be divided

Accompanying the recent Jagr interview in Sport Express (see the post below) were some comments from Darius Kasparaitis, who was a teammate of Jagr's earlier in his career in Pittsburgh. Both Kasparaitis and Jagr are alternate captains with the Rangers this season, and both played in the Russian Super League last season (Kasparaitis with Ak Bars, Jagr with Avangard). I decided afterwards to make Kasparaitis' comments their own seperate post because A) Kasparaitis is one of the few Lithuanian-born players in the NHL (Dainius Zubrus, born in the same town as Kasparaitis, is another) and B) No Lithuanians have caused Fedor Fedorov to get punched in the face yet this year, unlike the Czechs.

Kasparaitis: "It's nice for us to refute the predictions. No one thought that we would play like this. The main difference now from the past is the work ethic of this team. I don't think that those previous Rangers squads stayed as much with their training. We've had excellent play from both our goalkeepers. In addition, the team is very disciplined, and everyone carries out the tasks they are given. Before, there were many star players, and each did as he wanted. Now we stick together, and we take a serious approach to our work."

Sport Express: "But isn't the presence of a star player like Jagr important to this success?"

Kaspairitis: "Certainly, there's no one who wouldn't want to have one of the points leaders on their team. Yagr, actually, is half of our team. When he doesn't score, it is very difficult for us to win. This is the same Jagr that I played with for Pittsburgh. In particular, like now as it was then, all the responsibility lies with him. If the team looks bad, he will be the first one to hear about it."

6 Comments:

Anonymous a petite dejeuner said...

I've always thought the name Kasparaitis sounded more like a disease than a hockey player. Perhaps this is a residual effect of him playing for the Islanders.

Sounds as though he has a fairly straight-forward look at the current team. That is refreshing.

I only wish he would have shared his idea on whom he thought would win the Calder Trophy. Or perhaps share a real good potato-pancake recipe.

Again, Brush, thank you for the best dang hockey reporting and commentary in the State of Connecticut.

12/12/05, 11:57 PM

 
Anonymous Blumpkin said...

Best hockey reprt in the state thats debateable.

12/13/05, 9:16 AM

 
Anonymous G12can'tspell said...

"In particular, like now as it was then, all the responsibility lies with him."

Sounds like Hans and Franz: "Believe me now, talk to me yesterday and hear me later. I am Darius, and I am here to pump *clap* you up."

12/13/05, 10:58 AM

 
Anonymous gi2hasaicepick said...

screen name say it all haha

12/13/05, 12:28 PM

 
Anonymous g12'sicepick'suphisbutt said...

Joke's on G12.

12/13/05, 2:59 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

"I only wish he would have shared his idea on whom he thought would win the Calder Trophy. Or perhaps share a real good potato-pancake recipe."

That's actually the best put-down that's been directed at me all week, I think.

As for G12, I think he's suffering from a case of acute upper-colon kasparaitis.

12/13/05, 6:05 PM

 

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