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Monday, July 10, 2006

Islanders' Denis Grebeshkov Signs With Lokomotiv

I'm not nuts, I'm condiments. I've been promoted
Denis Grebeshkov with the Manchester Monarchs

New York Islanders defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, a restricted free agent who had been given a qualifying offer by the Islanders, has instead signed a contract to play with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League, according to a report-- quoting Lokomotiv GM Yuri Lukin-- that was posted earlier today on the Sport Express web site.

The 22-year-old Grebeshkov, a native of Yaroslavl who played on the Russian National Teams that won the World Junior Championships in '02 and '03, was acquired by the Islanders in a trade in March '06. Scouting reports have projected him to become a top-2 defenseman in the NHL. Grebeshkov spent the past three seasons in the NHL and AHL, playing for the Los Angeles Kings and their farm club, the Manchester Monarchs, and also the Islanders and their farm club, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

I'm a bird, I'm a plane, I'm a choo-choo train-- look out! Zip-a-dee doo daa...

Click here to see Grebeshkov's scouting profile on Russian Prospects
Click here to see Grebeshkov's scouting profile on Hockey's Future

UPDATE 7/10/06 9pm -Alert readers on both the Let's Go Kings and Hockey's Future message boards have pointed out this passage from an article in today's New York Newsday:

Restricted free-agent defenseman Denis Grebeshkov is seeking a one-way contract (from the Islanders). The 22-year-old, who has 33 games of NHL experience, would rather play in Russia this season than in the AHL.

(Little big-headed Grebeshkov guy taken from the roster page on the New York Islanders web site. Aren't they goofy-looking?!?)


Anonymous pack attack said...

I guess Grebeshkov was scared by the fact that Tom Poti signed with the Icelanders.

7/10/06, 9:06 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Or maybe it was that blockbuster Joel Bouchard signing.

From the stuff that I've been reading, most Islanders fans don't seem too concerned about this. It saves the team some dough, and the Islanders still keep his rights and can re-sign Grebeshkov next year, or at some other time.

7/10/06, 9:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11/17/06, 4:03 PM


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