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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

SKA Vows To Sign Sushinsky

Either quit smoking or get a new lighter
Maxim Sushinsky captaining the Russian National Team

Boasting that "Maxim Sushinsky will sign with SKA no later than the end of May", SKA-St.Petersburg's team president, Boris Vinokur, has vowed to sign the star Russian forward away from Dynamo Moscow and the NHL, according to an item that was just published in Sport Express (gazeta.ru also has a link). In his comments to Sport Express, Vinokur acknowledges that impending changes in team partners/sponsorships, as well as a possible salary cap for next season, loom as budget obstacles.

Sushinsky has already stated, in an interview with Sport Express in March that was translated on russianprospects.com, that he is "99% sure" that he will play in the NHL next season. However, two Russian Super League teams-- SKA-St.Petersburg and Avangard Omsk-- are also said to be pursuing Sushinsky, with SKA believed to be the front-runner should Sushinsky remain in Russia. Sushinsky started his career in St. Petersburg, which is also his home town.

Speculation has been that Sushinsky would likely go to the New York Rangers, and Jaromir Jagr (who played with Sushinsky in '04-'05 with Avangard) has been quoted as saying that he would like the Rangers to bring Sushinsky to New York.

Sushinsky played in the NHL for the Minnesota Wild in '00-'01, scoring 11 points (7g, 4a) in 30 games. He has long been regarded as one of the top Russian forwards in both the Russian Super League and in international play, collecting 236 points in 225 games over the past five RSL seasons while also being named the tournament MVP of the IIHF European Champions Cup the past two years in a row.