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“Filthy rich” KHL team could sign Semin and Radulov

Jun 7, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 2: Alexander Semin #28 of Washington Capitals skates during warmups before Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers on May 2, 2012 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

A typical NHL team could do worse than to have a one-two scoring punch of Alexander Radulov and Alexander Semin. Yet David Staples passes along “Russian reports” that imply CSKA – the “filthy rich” team that sports Sergei Fedorov as its general manager – might just go after both.

Now that Rosneft, one of Russia’s oil giants, has taken over full sponsorship of CSKA Moscow, it gave general manager Sergei Fedorov carte blanche to go after the best talent available.

According to Russian sources, Fedorov has expressed serious interest in the services of Alexander Radulov and Alexander Semin.

It’s one thing to imagine the two brilliant-yet-heavily-criticized forwards ending up in the KHL, but on the same team? I’m not certain that it would jive well with the “one returning NHL player” salary exemption noted earlier, but there’s probably a way around that too.

Naturally, CSKA still must compete with interest from the NHL and other KHL teams, yet one might argue they have as good a chance to land one or both of those players as any team in the world.

  1. lidstrom5 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Let em go …. we don’t have time for lazy players in North America.

    • bensawesomeness - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:11 PM

      100% agree – wouldn’t want either player on my team anyway, both are clearly out for glory and money for the least amount of work possible

  2. scionofflame - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I don’t like this business between the NHL and KHL. Everyone can play anywhere…but it seems like the KHL is trying to be very greedy and needy in regards to grabbing all the talent they can from the NHL.

    • scionofflame - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Not to mention the issues I have with management styles over in the KHL. Stars are absolutely catered to, which is one of the reasons Radulov has had the problems he has.

      In one interview he even mentioned that “No one in the KHL ever told him ‘No’. ” That’s not a healthy culture to grow players in.

    • barkar942 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      Well if these two are the best that the KHL can whisk away, let ‘em have ‘em!

    • rg3isvictory - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      I’m sure the NHL seems very greedy to others in the way they “take” their talent. It’s all relative.

  3. smgraff4 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    In other words, Russia has become the anti-Soviet Union (a country in which players barely received recognition) and started coddling the stars like the NBA. It also shows the distance between the KHL and NHL in quality is equivalent to the distance between the EPL or the German Bundesliga and your typical Saudi Arabian, or Qatari club that focuses on signing big names, coddles them, doesn’t or can’t bring in players to complement them, and wonder why the star leaves and takes a huge wage cut. Or, star players may play for the team but that team does not do well on either the continent or the national league.

    CSKA may have the cash, BUT it can’t sign both because of the designated player rules over in the KHL. And if they do sign both, they can’t sign too many other players with a salary cap of $38 million (which for the first time is a hard cap).

  4. pone27 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Put Russian players together on a Russian team = Instant chemistry.

    Let them go.. Awesome players, but these guys dont have the names unless you truly follow the sport.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Is there a site that contains salary information for these teams? I’m always curios what these “crazy” dollar amounts are; I know they’re not taxed but how high can they be?

  6. jpelle82 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    good riddance

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