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Report: Russia’s Soin (injured) to miss Olympics, replacement to be named soon

Jan 20, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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Veteran Russian forward Sergei Soin will reportedly miss the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with an injury, according to Sports.ru, paving the way for a replacement forward to make the roster.

Soin, 31, was hurt while playing for KHL Dynamo Moscow last week. Originally Colorado’s second-round pick (50th overall) at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, he’s spent his entire professional career playing in Russia, establishing himself as a speedy checking forward.

Soin was one of the 14 forwards named to the Olympic squad two weeks ago, getting the nod over a number of NHL forwards — including the likes of Carolina’s Alex Semin, Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, New Jersey’s Andrei Loktionov and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov.

At first glance, Semin appears to be a strong replacement candidate. He’s been very good for the ‘Canes since returning from a concussion, and has 11 points in his last 12 games.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    well if they wanted a certain number of khl’ers like they were rumored to have originally planned then expect kuznetsov to get the call. if they were smart they would call semin though. i think its dumb to appease the khl cronies and play politically correct when it comes to the chance of gold as a host country.

    • lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Kuzya’s had some serious injury problems this season and hasn’t really gotten back into game shape at all. I don’t expect he’d get the call…and if it’s any NHLer, it’s probably gonna be Semin. Don’t think there are any other KHL players who are really viable Olympic options based on talent.

  2. stcrowe - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Wasn’t it rumoured that Ovechkin was not fond of Semin by the end of their time together in Washington? It wouldn’t surprise me. Semin looks like he has as much talent as Ovechkin on some nights, but phones it in most of the time.

    • lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Semin and Ovi were best friends during their time in Washington, although it’s completely true that his work ethic was poor. But if he’s left off the roster it has nothing to do with Ovi.

      • storminator16 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Can you give us an example of what constituted displays of “poor work ethic” during his time in D.C.?

      • lowenni - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        And here’s one from just yesterday, from your very own GM: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/1/18/5323292/carolina-hurricanes-jim-rutherford-calls-out-alexander-semin

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