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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Lokomotiv parts with Evgeni Artyukhin

Evgeni Artyukhin fending off Maxim Sushinsky

Since I know there are a few Tampa Bay Lightning fans who're always looking for news on Evgeni Artyukhin-- there is now one less obstacle in the way of his return to the Lightning.

An article that ran earlier today in Sport Express is announcing that Lokomotiv Yaroslavl has decided not to renew the contracts of a number of players, including that of Artyukhin.

The article gives no explanation for the move, quoting as its source Lokomotiv head coach Paul Gardner.

Artyukhin, a skilled 6'-5", 258-lb. forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning in '05-'06, was also trimmed this week from the roster of the Russian National Team that is preparing for the IIHF World Championships, to be played in Moscow starting in a few days.

From an old Fran Sypek article that ran in the Springfield Republican a couple of years ago, when Artyukhin was playing for the Springfield Falcons (link from

Artukhin played a major role in the Falcons' 4-3 win over Providence back on Oct. 15. He knocked out Providence co-captain Brent Thompson during a fight, prompting the former Falcon defenseman to say: "That's one powerful man."

Perhaps the P-Bruins were in awe of Artukhin's strength that night. Later in the game, he raced nearly the length of the ice untouched and scored a goal.

Artukhin's size, sheer speed and power make him an intriguing prospect, and are a big factor in making the team's forecheck work. At 6-foot-5, 258 pounds, Artukhin is the type of player who creates space for his teammates.

That's why he is affectionately called "the Russian tank" by his teammates.

Speaking of Artyukhin and end-to-end rushes, there's a video of him scoring just like that in Russia this past season on my YouTube account.


Blogger Brushback said...


Artyukhin has signed with Avangard Omsk:


Avangard has also signed former Carolina defenseman Anton Babchuk.


5/2/07, 9:54 AM

Anonymous carriebear said...

I am seriously so bent over this. I loved Artyukhin and his "enforcer" style. I think he really brought something to the Lightning. Its a shame. I was so hopeful he'd come back.

5/11/07, 1:26 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

The latest news is that Tampa Bay increased their contract offer to Artyukhin, which was declined.

From the St. Petersburgh (Fla.) Times:

Tampa Bay offered Evgeny Artyukhin the same three-year, $1.575-million deal it gave Nick Tarnasky, but general manager Jay Feaster said the overture was rebuffed.

"We were told, " Feaster said, "that they are not the same player."

The Lightning's offer, which would have paid $500, 000, $525, 000 and $550, 000, was a bump from its previously refused offer of one-year, $475, 000.

"I thought it was a fair offer on our part and something that would be attractive to the player, but it appears that's not the case, " Feaster said. "I thought this might be a way to move off the position of a one-year contract and show the player we are serious and we do like him."

Artyukhin's agent, Mark Gandler, confirmed only that the Lightning reopened a dialogue.

Artyukhin, 24, a 6-foot-4, 254-pound freight train, played last season in Russia because of the contract dispute. Gandler has said Artyukhin will again play in Russia next season and that he hopes the Lightning trades his client's rights, which it owns through 2009.

6/17/07, 2:44 PM


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