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A disturbing trend

Posted 10:50 PM ET | Comments 6
Taratukhin has now signed a three year deal in russia and another bright prospect for the flames is heading to Russia. Why would he bother coming to the states and play a year only to opt out and head back again?? This has happened to two flames prospects but rest assured it will be the beggining of more if a transfer deal with Russia isn't signed.
The Flames' new head coach has made it pretty clear he intends to roll with a veteren line up and this is not shocking, Keenan is known for not being overly fond of his younger talent. With that being said and Calgary's glut of center men can you blame him for wanting out? The question the flames' brass needs to ask themselves is what they are giving up in assets to appease the new coach. Taratukhin was one of the prospects that has a legit shot of making the team so now that two players have defected because they didn't like the scnario or having to work to make the team, does this become the standard? I hope not or the Flames' and many other team's cupboards will be very bare very quickly.
September 3, 2007 1:13 PM ET | Delete
The whole Keenan situation is a unique one. I find it quite weird how players like Taratukhin and Giordano are headed to Russia to play. I just hope players like Dustin Boyd don't follow the trend.
September 3, 2007 1:45 PM ET | Delete
Andrei is hard to fathom, he was saying last week how he wouldn't do the same thing Giordano did. This might just be in case he doesn't make the team.
September 3, 2007 1:57 PM ET | Delete
Too close to Edmonton? :)
September 3, 2007 5:44 PM ET | Delete
I am not sure what happened here when I met with him at the prospect camp he told me he was staying but I guess something happened between now and thenits not time to panic yet but I am coming close.
September 3, 2007 10:59 PM ET | Delete
Keenan could be an issue, or it could simply be a matter of dollars and cents. If Taratukin can make $600K or so guaranteed in Russia, why risk a two way deal in Calgary?
September 4, 2007 2:26 AM ET | Delete
Its a simple matter of dollars and cents... more money, less taxes in Russia!Also here they are a marginal player, who may or may not be on the roster.
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