Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Albatross Flies the Coop!

1) The N.Y. Islanders have finally released their salary cap anchor Alexei Yashin. Their highest paid player and captain for the past 6 seasons was becoming more and more of a lightning rod for their fans. We're told that season ticket holders were calling/writing in that if Yashin was part of the team in 07-08 that they would NOT renew their season ticket plans.

2) Wang did NOT want to do this, but was basically forced to either eat the contract and sell out his tennis buddy, or face the possibility of an even more empty NVMC this fall just when he wanted to impress Nassau County officials to get his new arena deal consummated. Contrary to some reports we're told the Ryan Smyth Jason Blake impending free agency had NOTHING to do with this decision, but it does give the team about 5 million more in cap space

3) Last month Wang and Yashin initiated a 'trial balloon' of sorts by having Yashin state he'd voluntarily relinquish his captaincy if he were retained. Hard core Islander fans were not swayed by the offer. Knowing that not only was Yashin a huge drain salary cap wise, but had become a locker room problem. Not because he was a complainer(he's actually well liked by his team mates off the ice) but his lack of production and apparent desire have become increasingly evident. To the point that Coach Ted Nolan benched the Russian on several occasions.

4) Now, what happens? Firstly, do NOT feel sorry for Yashin. He's assured of receiving 17 million over the next 8 years. Not a bad golden parachute. Additionally, he still has value as a hockey player. Definitely not at the 7.6 million he was set to receive from the Isles next season, but a team looking to add a center who could potentially score 50-70 points might 'gamble' on Yashin with a 3 year 9 mil deal. Early destination favourites are the D.C Capitals who have a dearth at center. Yashin even played with Cap's star LW Ovechkin at the 2006 Olympics. (Don't look for a return anywhere north of the border!) Yashin is still vilified by Canada for quitting(twice) on the senators, and is widely hated.

5 comments:

Jibblescribbits said...

I rarely feel sorry for pro athlete's. There are some that earn my empathy, but a guy who just doesn't care and is there to receive a check? nope no sympathy.

Antzmarching said...

IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!! This guy has been a drain on this organization for 6 years... It wasn't he fact that his skills have deteriorated, but that he has shown no evidence of a heart, is why the fans on LI have turned against him... Yashin clearly needs a change of scenery... Maybe, he'll end up in DC to play with his olympic linemate, Alex Ovechkin... There seemed to be some chemistry there, and perhaps AO's enthusiasm will rub off on the apathetic #79...

Antzmarching said...

Faux writes: "(Don't look for a return anywhere north of the border!) Yashin is still vilified by Canada for quitting(twice) on the senators, and is widely hated."

Yashin needs a diaper to keep from soiling himself when he plays in Canada... He's pathetic!!! No Canadian teams in the SouthEast Division - makes DC appealing...

Sauce said...

I wouldn't necessarily call Yashin "apathetic." It's more like... he's just not that good. Above avergage to excellent wrist shot. But average to below average puck handling and skating skills. And extremely weak on the puck. You might be able to say he was apathetic toward improving himself in those areas needing it.

He a good 3rd line player worth maybe $2 million per for a team that already has enough grit.

Wang pulled the trigger on the buyout for one reason... 1st installments are due in about 3 weeks for season ticket subscriptions and, as Faux implied, reaction from the fan base to published reports that a buyout was NOT coming was less than positive. Wang figured that paying $17.6 million over eight years was better than paying $27 million over four years AND staring at even more empty seats than last year.

paulunde said...

I am very excited he's gone. Hopefully, Ted Nolan will get a player he needs to get things done.

Yashin can still put points up but his overall game is very lacking. He's too slow and plodding to be the kind of force the Isles need at the helm.

 
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