Say it ain't so Tim, SAY IT AIN'T SO! A prejudicial view on players of a nationality that happen to have a well documented past of fleeing the country to go play at "home" mid-contract? Disgraceful! How could you place a firm limit on the amount of guys on your roster that aren't fully dedicated to remaining in the league that currently employs them? Franchise stability be damned, I think all organizations need more Russians. That way the inevitable defection rate plays a major role in deciding which teams are good or bad year in and year out.
It's just an absolute crime against humanity that talented players - who are known mostly for their selfish mindset and defensive ineptitude - are being trivialized solely because of the region of the world in which they were born. I can't believe knowledgable people whose job security is predicated on winning are letting their anti-Russian bias hold them back from doing so. When are we going to let go of the antiquated notion that stereotypes and generalizations exist for a reason and stop letting them influence the multi-million dollar decisions that General Managers make for the sole purpose of suppressing Russia's presence in the National Hockey League?
We shouldn't be blaming players like Ilya Kovalchuk for demanding absurd contracts and then flaking on them 2 years in due to homesickness like the cabin dork at summer camp. No, no, no. We should be blaming the people in charge for having organizational plans that project more than 6 months in advance? Those are the jerks that are really holding the Eastern European man down. Maybe one day the NHL - and more specifically the Buffalo Sabres - will realize that it's no longer gay pride that needs to embraced, it's communist pride. That would be a real 'Miracle On Ice'. Let's hope they eventually hammer and sickle that point home before the streets run red with blood of the forward-thinking.
P.S. Suck it Soviet Union.