Friday, August 17, 2007

Svitov leaves NHL for Russia

Here's a new twist on the lack of a transfer agreement between the NHL and Russia. Alexander Svitov is abandoning his contract with the Blue Jackets -- signed just a few weeks ago -- for Avangard Omsk.

Not sure how hard Columbus or the league will fight this.
"While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month."

- Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson

"Don't let the door hit you on the way out."
It will be interesting to see if other players will defect for Russia, but it's doubtful it will move the needle on getting a transfer agreement in place. Call it a trade for Evgeni Malkin and the NHL still comes out ahead.

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