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KHL nabs another Russian NHL player as Denis Grebeskhov signs with SKA

Jul 28, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

grebeshkov.jpgIn a move that raised some eyebrows this morning, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that former Nashville Predators (and Edmonton Oilers) defenseman Denis Grebeshkov signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

While the 26-year-old blueliner’s 21 points in 09-10 might not “wow” people, he’s a very effective player when he’s healthy (he only played in 51 games as a member of the Predators and Oilers last season). He put up a career-high 39 points in 08-09 and has a solid reputation as a player who “plays bigger” than his average frame would suggest.

As a former first round pick (drafted No. 18 in 2002 by the LA Kings), it’s a bit surprising that the Russian defenseman couldn’t find work in the NHL. I can’t see why a team like the Dallas Stars (or even the one he skated with briefly in Nashville) wouldn’t want to take a shot at him.

Of course, I guess there’s always the possibility that Grebeshkov simply wanted to play closer to home in the KHL.

  1. Fecteau - Jul 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Wow… At what point will the NHL convene and realize that they are losing a lot of star power for the NHL? Do we really want the league watered down? Me personally, I would NOT like it that way… In order to minimize this from continuing, the league needs to reconfigure the salary cap and the CBA…
    As far as the salary cap goes, they can follow the MLB’s footsteps and have much success… My take is have a minimum for all teams, and a slightly higher maximum that currently in place. Then, any team that goes OVER the cap has to pay a royalty tax. I think double what’s over the cap makes sense, to dissuade teams from doing it, and also to give teams that aren’t doing it some bonus money to pay their young talent and prevent them from leaving for greener pastures.
    Example: If a team goes 10 million over the cap, then 20 million needs to be paid to the NHL who will quickly disperse that money to the remaining teams that aren’t over the cap…
    CBA… That’s a bit tougher, as I don’t mind averaging annual salary to affect the cap. But they need to add more specifications, or clauses, to those rules. My idea is, a player under 25 can get a maximum contract of 10 years, a player from 26-30 can get a maximum of 7 years, and 31 and up can get a maximum of a 5 year contract. Within that, no yearly payout can be more than twice the amount of the lowest number.
    For example, if Kovalchuk has a maximum payout in 2012 of 11 1/2 million, then he cannot have any year with a payout of less than 5.75 million. This will rid us of those cheat contracts…
    I know this is long, but any thoughts?

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