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Old 09-03-2010, 11:43 AM
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Lightning property Vasiliy Koshechkin's mask is the cutest in the KHL.
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Cool article on Yahoo about Koscheckhin's goalie mask:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...urn=nhl-267252
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I thought it'd be the old kitten mask, he actually got another one! Awwww
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You guys think he will ever see any time with the Bolts or is he set with Russia?

Figured his 6'7 frame could be useful...
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Ironic that's he's a 6'7" giant but his name means "small cat"
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You guys think he will ever see any time with the Bolts or is he set with Russia?

Figured his 6'7 frame could be useful...
Some of this there's a very good chance he could be in line for roster spot with the Lightning next season with Dan Ellis.

Next summer, Koschechkin will be old enough that he can bypass having to sign the usual two-way entry level contract with CBA-imposed salary limits. He'll be free to come to North America and sign with the Lightning for whatever contract terms he can negotiate. That's been his issue all along -- he didn't want to come an play in Norfolk and forced to sign a sub-$1M contract. In the KHL, he's one of the best goalies and thus can make far more than would he would have gotten on an ELC. There are reports that he wants to come to the Lightning next season.

Mike Smith's contract will have expired, and with Ellis having one more year, there will be a need for another goalie at the NHL level assuming a continued patient approach from the organization on Tokarski.

If VK works out, then he and Tokarski could form a duo for the 2012-13 season.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:15 PM
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With his size and if his skills translate to the North American game well then he may end up being a career number one for the Bolts.*

*Disclaimer: this post is infused with a lot of optimism.
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Some of this there's a very good chance he could be in line for roster spot with the Lightning next season with Dan Ellis.

Next summer, Koschechkin will be old enough that he can bypass having to sign the usual two-way entry level contract with CBA-imposed salary limits. He'll be free to come to North America and sign with the Lightning for whatever contract terms he can negotiate. That's been his issue all along -- he didn't want to come an play in Norfolk and forced to sign a sub-$1M contract. In the KHL, he's one of the best goalies and thus can make far more than would he would have gotten on an ELC. There are reports that he wants to come to the Lightning next season.

Mike Smith's contract will have expired, and with Ellis having one more year, there will be a need for another goalie at the NHL level assuming a continued patient approach from the organization on Tokarski.

If VK works out, then he and Tokarski could form a duo for the 2012-13 season.
Thanks for the info. I didn't know that was the reason, I thought he just didn't want to come to the NHL.

But, yea, with Yzerman's mentality of letting prospects have time to develop, it would be good for Tokarski to have 2 more years of great AHL time, I'm kinda hoping that Desjardins' does NOT steal the starting job. I like Tok a lot.
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