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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Agent: Cherepanov will play in Omsk for two more years


Alexei Cherepanov (#7, in white)

Sergey Paremuzov-- the president of Global Sports Consulting who is also Alexei Cherepanov's Russian agent-- says, "No matter where Cherepanov is drafted, he will spend two more years in the Russian Super League with Omsk", according to an interview with Paremuzov that was posted a few hours ago by Sport Express.

Regarding Cherepanov's relationship with his Russian team, Avangard Omsk, Paremuzov said, "Of course, Alexei is going to continue his career in North America, and the president of Avangard, Constantine Potapov, completely understands this. But the contractural obligations which tie Alexei to Avangard for the next two years will undoubtedly be carried out. The agreement has already been formulated, and is not subject to revision."

About the first two teams to pick in this year's draft, Chicago and Philadelphia, Paremuzov said, "There's no reason to deny that those two teams are not the most appropriate teams for Alexei's style of play. The Coyotes and the Oilers (the next two teams to pick) are better options."

Paremuzov was then asked if he would prefer Cherepanov not be drafted first by the Blackhawks, because of the poor reputation that the team's ownership has. He replied, "Those are details that we haven't discussed with Alexei; but, if a player doesn't want to sign a contract with a team, he won't sign it. And no one can force him to. You'll recall the well-known incident with Lindros, whom Quebec eventually traded to Philadelphia. We will face these problems as they arise."

10 Comments:

Anonymous ovechkin said...

"Of course, Alexei is going to continue his career in North America, and the president of Avangard, Constantine Potapov, completely understands this. But the contractural obligations which tie Alexei to Avangard for the next two years will undoubtedly be carried out. The agreement has already been formulated, and is not subject to revision."

What happens if the team goes to sweden this summer, and all of a sudden he turns up missing. And after a few days he shows up in Los Angeles playing hockey in equipment that is not his own.

6/20/07, 8:00 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Aw, no-- not that again!

It's almost amusing how Paremuzov reserves the right to say that no NHL team will force Cherepanov to sign a contract if he doesn't want to play for them.

As Malkin proved last year, that can go both ways.

6/20/07, 10:46 PM

 
Anonymous Quint said...

Brush -- Kudos!

You're on the cutting edge on this article -- particularly from a Ranger perspective.

Big Thumbs UP!

6/22/07, 10:40 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

CHEREPANOV TIME!!!

6/22/07, 10:45 PM

 
Anonymous caldercup0 said...

Selected by the Rangers...

6/22/07, 10:46 PM

 
Anonymous caldercup0 said...

Looks like you just beat me to it Brushback... I was watching the draft and was ecstatic when Cherepanov fell to 17th overall.

After all, I get all my Alexei Cherepanov and RSL news from Connecticut's #1 Russian Hockey / Wolf Pack / New Britain Rock Cats blog, Sidearm Delivery

6/22/07, 10:47 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Pretty amazing...

6/23/07, 12:24 AM

 
Anonymous Jon RX said...

I actually don't give a shit what his Russian agent says about anything. His US agent says he's playing this upcoming year and then coming over to the US. That's all I have to hear to be set.

Those words are directly from Alexei's mouth as well.

6/24/07, 9:48 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Well, yeah, like I said in a newer post-- it's not much more than a disgreement between the Russian and North American agents over who gets to cash the checks.

6/24/07, 11:44 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

6/24/07

From today's NY Daily News:

Contrary to popular belief, Grossman told the Daily News that Cherepanov not only will be permitted to leave his Russian team to play for the Rangers next season but that an agreement to that effect already is in place.

"In this case, we have an agreement with the club (Omsk) and Alexei has an agreement with the club that they will allow him to come over here after (the 2007-08) season," Grossman said yesterday morning at Nationwide Arena before Rounds 2 through 7 of the NHL draft.

6/24/07, 11:02 PM

 

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