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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Alexei Morozov: "Now I have an offer from NHL"

How do you like my new desk? I built it myself, and I have all these pieces left
Alexei Morozov-- the caption reads,
'Ak Bars - champion!'

Alexei Morozov, the leading scorer in the Russian Super League this past season, was in the headlines of almost all of the Russian sports sites earlier today, after garnering just about every major post-season award given by the RSL. Morozov took home six tropies all told (seven, according to the story in Soviet Sport), including League MVP (as voted by the head coaches), playoff MVP, top scorer and top goal-scorer, and Best Forward Line (along with Ak Bars teammates Sergei Zinovjev and Danis Zaripov).

In at least two interviews that Morozov gave (including to Soviet Sport and, Morozov confirmed that passport delays during a recent visit to the United States were what kept him from joining the Russian National Team at the recent World Championships in Latvia. Morozov also revealed that he has applied for papers to work in the U.S., claiming even further that "now I have an offer from the NHL." Morozov repeated his plans to hold off on making a decision until after July 1st, and said that if all things were equal he would remain with Ak Bars Kazan. Morozov has already gone on record as saying that he is interested in playing for the Detroit Red Wings (Alexei Morozov to Red Wings?).

As a sidebar to the story on Morozov that ran in Sport Express, it was noted that, in addition to a salary cap, the Russian Super League is considering a "foreign player tax". Each club would have to pay $50,000 for each foreign-born player on their roster, $300,000 if the player is a goaltender. This would go along with the limit of three foreign-born players, already in place. Similar to what Greg from The Post-Pessimist Association already brought up in a comment made on an earlier post (in jest, of course): as little as Canadians want Europeans on their teams, Russians want Canadians on their teams even less.

Yushkevich signs with SKA

I mean, you know where you got that shirt from. And it damn sure wasn't the men's department
Dimitri Yushkevich: watch out for the hair

In other news, it was announced today in Sport Express that former Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers defender Dimitri Yushkevich will remain in Russia, as he signed a two-year deal with SKA-St. Petersburg. The hard-hitting Yushkevich collected 31 points (8 goals, 23 assists) in 50 games while playing for regular-season champs Metallurg Magnitogorsk this past season, earning him the award for Best Defenseman among the awards given out by the RSL.