Tag:Alexei Yashin
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:00 am

Daily Skate: A new Islanders plan; Yashin to KHL

By Brian Stubits

ANOTHER ISLAND IDEA: Hope is not lost for the Islanders to not only stay on Long Island, but to remain in Nassau County. Since being turned down by a public vote, the team has been solicitin proposals for the land and they unveiled one on Wednesday that calls for a minor-league baseball park, outdoor ice rink, shopping and renovations to the Nassau Coliseum that would include raising the seat capacity. (Newsday)

BACK TO THE U.S.S.R.: Or at least Russia. After a summer of flirtation and rumors about rejoining the New York Islanders, Alexei Yashin will be returning to the KHL this season. Once he passes a physical, Yashin will be the newsest member of HC CSKA Moscow. (The Score)

DEEPER LOOK INTO ENFORCERS: This summer has illuminated the life of enforcers more than ever before with former fighters coming forward to tell their stories. Here's another player sharing his experiences as Brent Severyn. One of the most interesting parts for me is how no matter if he won or lost a fight, he was upset, either by his own embarrassment or knowing the embarrassment the other fighter is going to endure. (SI.com)

CHANGED MAN: Jordin Tootoo was once an up-and-coming prospect for the Predators who surprised everybody when he checked himself into the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program in December. Now he's back in Nashville camp and looking like a brand new player. (The Predatorial)

MIKKO READY TO WIN: This summer Mikko Koivu got a taste of winning, seeing his native Finland win the world juniors resulting in a massive party in Helsinki. Now the Wild captain is looking forward to bringing that same kind of success to Minnesota, where they haven't been to the playoffs since 2008. (Star-Tribune)

SIGNING SEAN: The Philadelphia Flyers got what some considered a gift when Sean Couturier fell to them in the NHL Draft, a top-5 talent slipping to No. 8. On Wednesday they gave him a gift of their own, signing him to a three-year entry-level contract. (NHL.com)

YEARNING FOR THE OLD DAYS: One of the best parts about franchises taking a turn for the worst is the hilarity that can come from grieving fans. Returning to their successful days at the beginning of last decade, a couple of Senators fans channel their inner Backstreet Boys below. (Senators extra via Puck Daddy)

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:34 am

Daily Skate: Yashin still looking, Boogaards talk

By Brian Stubits

STILL LOOKING: So far, the NHL interest in Alexei Yashin has come from one source, his former team in the Islanders. But that doesn't mean the 37-year-old is packing up for a return to Long Island yet. Yashin continues to consider all of his options -- which include multiple teams from the KHL. "There's not any rush to make a decision," Yashin told Newsday. So imagine this: The Isles could be rejected by somebody they once dumped (and are still paying) to go play in a league other than the NHL? Ouch.

BOOGAARD STATEMENT: As if grieving over the loss of Derek wasn't enough, the Boogaard family is now struggling with the charges brought against Derek's younger brother Aaron, who has been accused of providing Derek with the prescription drugs that contributed to Derek's death. Older brother Ryan released a statement for the family, expressing their disappointment in the authorities for the charges and maintaining everything will be set straight when Aaron has his day in court.

PROUD NEW PAPA: The Coyotes' Keith Yandle and his wife Krystin welcomed their first child on Monday, baby Mila according to teammate Paul Bissonnette. It's always nice to have this happen in the middle of the offseason so Yandle doesn't have to miss any time ... both with his team and his family.

LITTLE BITZ OF A MOVE: The Vancouver Canucks made a small acquisition on Monday, signing right winger Byron Bitz to a contract. Bitz, 27, comes over from the Florida Panthers after sitting out all of last season due to a sports hernia. He played seven games with the Panthers in 2009-10 after he was traded from Boston in a deal that shipped Dennis Seidenberg northward. How'd that one work out, Boston? In 87 career games in the NHL, Bitz has nine goals and nine assists. He is a big body that fits on a third or fourth line, but he will be hard-pressed to make the NHL squad.

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:50 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 3:59 pm

Islanders, Yashin reportedly in talks

By: Adam Gretz

Last week we passed along the report that Alexei Yashin's KHL contract would not be renewed, and the claim from his agent that at least one NHL team was interested. It appears that team is Yashin's most recent NHL employer (and the one that's still paying him): the New York Islanders.

Following a report from Sovetsky Sport on Friday that the Islanders and Yashin were in talks, Katie Strang of Newsday also confirmed that agent Mark Gandler and Islanders general manager Garth Snow have discussed a possible return to Long Island. Yashin's contract was bought out by the Islanders in 2007 and he still counts over $2 million against their salary cap through the 2014-15 season as a result of that buyout. 

Said Snow, via Newsday:
"I've had discussions with both Mark and Alexei," Snow said when reached by phone Friday. "I'd rather keep those conversations private, but Alexei has been skating at our practice rink in Syosset and he looks great. I've been on record saying I'd explore all options and any player that would improve our team and help us make that step."
The news of the Islanders interest has certainly drawn some mixed reviews. Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank wonders how, with the future of the franchise at stake, the Islanders can contemplate such a move, even if it's to help Yashin's value on the open market at a time when they need 100 percent of their fans support. And the return of Yashin would certainly have the potential to be a polarizing move within the Islanders fan base.

The Islanders are still $9 million below the NHL's salary cap floor with 20 players currently under contract for the upcoming season. It's hard to believe that Yashin, at this point in his career -- he's 37 and coming off a 15-goal season in Russia -- with no other reported interest from any other NHL club, could demand a huge pay day.

Yashin's potential return to the Islanders, as well as the entire Jaromir Jagr saga that unfolded earlier this month, have been two of the more bizarre stories to follow in recent years, and this one might be the craziest.

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Category: NHL
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:36 pm

Yashin's KHL contract will not be renewed


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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