Russia Wins Karjala Cup

Russia won the annual Karjala Tournament today on goal differential beating the Czech Republic 4-1 in their tournament finale. Lightning prospect forward Anton But did not appear in the tournament for Russia after making the initial roster for the team. Blueliner Andreas Holmqvist finished tied with center Rickard Wallin for Team Sweden's lead in points with 1 goal and 3 points in 3 games. Sweden finished second in the tournament, losing the tiebreaker to the Russians on goal differential.

Controversial question of the day: given how much David Schneider has struggled early in the season for Norfolk, do you think the Lightning regret not making more of a pitch for Holmqvist who, although he has his shortcomings, is recognized as one of the better power play quarterbacks in the Elitserien today?

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Not Likely

I'm sure that Holmquist represented a budgetary concern for really an unknown output considering his performance last time over. I suspect Holmquist is reasonably paid over there and would only come on a way or a minor league guarantee somewhere over the salary limit.

We seem to hae a knack for selecting Euro's who are unwilling to earn their way on minor league wages. Have we ever drafted a Russian in our 15 year history that's panned out on a 4 + year basis? We've probably drafted 20 - 30. Our other drafted Euro's (aside from Hamrlik) haven't exactly come and done big things. We've traded for several that were already over here. Although Norrena alone now would seem to be overpayment by himself for Denis. But we're still wait and see on how he turns out. Ramo, Helenius and Cunti give us high hopes but Kosheckin, Polushin, Harju, the Kazionov's have at onr time or another shown, unwillingness/reluctance at paying their dues. Being that Holmquist was a product of the last scouting regime and had an adverse experience here already, I'm willing to be pessimistic about his prospects.

Correction

Kubina (also a Czech) was pretty productive.Cibak was also Czech.

I also just did a quick count and through 2003 we have drafted 28 players from the former USSR ( a couple were here in Jrs.).

Who was the best? Affy, Svitov, R2, Alexeev, Kharitonov ... you pick it.

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