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Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:36 pm
 
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By: Adam Gretz

Alexei Yashin has spent the past four years playing professional hockey in Russia with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and (most recently) St. Petersburg SKA. It was announced by SKA general manager, Alexei Kasatonov, that Yashin's contract will not be renewed by the club so it can "embark on the road to a younger squad," according to Sport-Express.

The 37-year-old Yashin scored 15 goals in 52 games with SKA this past season, and added another goal and four assists in four postseason games.

The reports that his contract won't be renewed in Russia has, naturally, sparked discussion as to whether or not he could make an attempt to return to the NHL. James O'Brien at Pro Hockey Talk outlined the positives and obvious red flags that Yashin would present to a potential NHL roster, while Dmitry Chesnokov also passed along the word that Yashin's agent, Mark Gardner, told Sovetsky Sport that he has already received an offer from one NHL team.

He hasn't played a game in the NHL since the 2006-07 season with the New York Islanders when he registered 18 goals and 32 assists in 58 games. In the past, Yashin has publicly stated a desire to return to the Islanders.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 1992 entry draft, Yashin spent seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators, many of them tumultuous, before finally being traded to the Islanders prior to the 2001-02 season for a package that included future Norris Trophy winning defenseman Zdeno Chara, forward Bill Muckalt and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 draft, which Ottawa used to select Jason Spezza.

From there, Yashin signed what was one of the first contracts to reach 10 years in length in the NHL, agreeing to a 10-year deal worth more than $87 million.

Considering what the Islanders surrendered to Ottawa, the amount of money they invested in Yashin, and the return they received on that investment (his offensive production declined from where it was with the Senators) it turned out to be a terrible deal for the Islanders in hindsight, even though they did qualify for the postseason in three of his four years with the club (never advancing past the first round) -- something they hadn't done in the seven years before acquiring him.

The Islanders bought out his contract back in June of 2007, and he still counts for more than $2 million against their salary cap, and will continue to do so through the 2014-15 season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:25 am
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Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

SA you are pathetic, more aliases..LOL..you love are Leafs fan just admit it..



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Actually Korby, since your Stamkos prediction failed to materialize maybe Yashin is the answer that Burke is looking for.
 



Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Yashin to captain the senaturds next season..



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Islanders should lock him up long term so that they can assure themselves of another decade of lottery picks.
Despite the underperforming, I've always liked Yashin on the ice, but off the ice, not so much. His agent is a douchebag. That's libellous, but true. Gandler is what has turned Yashin from a mild headache into a paralyzing migraine. He's made his money, he should retire and live his life out in uber-luxury. I always think of Yashin as a great talent wasted by arrogance and greed. A shame that Gandler is attempting this farcical attempt at a return to North America.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Yashin coming back to the NHL? What a joke. This no good loser deserves to be carted off to Siberia for all I care. Along with his loser agent Gandler. If some loser team is so desperate to pick him up, they deserve him.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Correct you are! Lol...




Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

All that needs to be said:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nqu5lX-izQ





Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

You sound like a bitter Islander fan!!!



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed

Now the Russians don't want him. Lol... What NHL team is interested in a 37 year old slow, underperforming, gutless player who can't score? Maybe Yashin can be an equipment manager? Ha..ha..What a joke of a player he is. Here's a good suggestion Yashin if you're reading this, RETIRE! YOU SUCK! REALLY SUCK! The Islanders don't need you & they don't want you. Hasta la vista loser!



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