Kaigorodov joins Ottawa

Russian centre Alexei Kaigorodov gets OK to join the Senators for training camp.Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that the Senators’ 47th overall draft in the 2002 entry draft has been given permission by his team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, to join the Senators. If Kaigorodov makes the lineup, most likely as the second-line centre, he will sign a deal worth US$ 1.1 million.

This development seems strange given the event surrounding Evgeni Malkin’s “defection” to the NHL a few weeks ago. Personally, I think that the Russian Super League may want to show that they are reasonable when dealing with player transfers. It also possible that Malkin is a far more valuable player and Metallurg wants more than reasonable money for the Penguins centre.


26 Responses to Kaigorodov joins Ottawa

  1. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    4th liner, if he makes the roster. european players usually take a year to get used to rougher style, smaller ice, and longer season. The Leafs exausted Steen (who had previously been in Sweeden) by January because he wasn’t used to playing 60+ games, let alone on the first and second line.

  2. mikefisher01 says:

    i dont think this guys worht 1 mil

  3. capouel says:

    This guy is 23 years old though and seem mature. But only future will tell.

  4. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    still, he’s not a guy who will beat fisher and Vermette for second line center

  5. Rysto says:

    This fills the gaping hole Ottawa had on their second line. Don’t listen to the Leaf fan above — Kaigs is not at all suited to playing on the fourth line. He’s a scorer, not a checker or an energy guy. Ottawa might move him to the wing, depending on who else will play on the second line. Currently, the lines project to look something like this:

    Heatley – Spezza – Eaves

    Kaigorodov – Vermette – Alfredsson

    Shaefer – Fisher – McAmmond

    Neil – Kelly – McGratton

    The first two lines can provide a nice scoring punch while the next two have plenty of grit and defensive ability. This lineup isn’t as scary as previous incarnations of the team, but I’m far more confident that Ottawa can challenge for the East title than I was before.

  6. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Kaigorodov is not good enough to be a second liner in Ottawa, he got mediocre-good stats in Russia, but he often played beside Malkin.

  7. Rysto says:

    Kaigorodov was second-line centre behind Malkin. He can’t kill penalties, he’s not much of a hitter and he’s not a defensive player. There’s no role for a player like him on the third and fourth lines in Ottawa.

  8. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    then he’s an AHLer, 3rd line wing with Vermette maybe?


    he played with malkin

  9. Rysto says:

    I have no idea where the wikipedia article got that idea. Both Malkin and Kaigorodov play centre. They may well have played on the power play together.

    Anyway, in the RSL, point totals are often lower then you’d expect. Malkin had only 47 points in 46 games, so 32 points in 50 games isn’t terrible. Ovechkin never broke 26 points in any of his 3 full seasons in the RSL.

  10. zdeno_duchesne says:

    i think these lines are a very distinct possibility. keep in mind, murray likes to roll the lines.. so what was a 2nd line one night could get third line icetime the next night.

    also, i think vermette would play left and kaigorodov centre in this case.

  11. zdeno_duchesne says:

    this makes me happy. the sens are suddenly deeper. i’m not sure exactly what kaigorodov brings, but i hear he’s solid.

    i cant wait for ilya zubov to make the sens, then him and kaigorodov can make for a beautiful russian connection.

    2nd line of the future


  12. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    prove it, do you have a link?

    kiagorodov was 4th on the team in scoring and only 8th in goals (with 9)

    and european hockey is very different to north american hockey

  13. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    correct me if i’m wrong, but can’t rookies only sign for a max of 850K

  14. muckies says:

    Alexi will play center and nothing else, He’ll play on a ascoring line maybe wiht Rookied Hennesey and Alfei.

    The Sens get better, their PP gets better. Great move by the team getting a plyer over with no ripples or psycho agents. Hope he does well.

  15. segalkiller says:

    over 88 games in his past 2 super league seasons- 81 points. thats good. hes 2nd line center. hed be amazing with havlat and hossa… muckler said that if he got signed, he would play with alfie. 1st line spezza,heatley,eaves. alfies not playing 3rd line. the GM and coach said hed play 2nd line. so who are you to say where he’l play?

  16. segalkiller says:

    its 1.1 over 2 years. maximum is 900K

  17. G_Money says:

    sens writer at hockeybuzz reports that its two-year. Also reports that if he doesnt crack the lineup, he cannot be sent to binghampton but rather heads back to metallurg.

  18. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    79 points in 107 games, and only 9 goals in 50 games last season, all this beside Malkin (which is where he often played which means he might play wing in Ottawa)

    did the coach really say he’d play second line. Do you have a link?

  19. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    plus in 12 playoff games he scored no goals and had one assist. A true Senator at heart.

  20. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    This ticks me off, Leaf prospect Kulemin is stuck in Russia, and Ottawa’s is allowed to leave.

  21. ccrashh says:

    Wow…even the Russians hate the Leafs…lol

  22. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    every hockey fan is either a leaf fan or a leaf hater.

  23. segalkiller says:

    ottawa citizenits abit old tho

  24. segalkiller says:

    sorry thats Ottawa Citizen, and he played second line center

  25. segalkiller says:

    k, r the leafs gunna win the cup anytime soon? and y dont u look at Ovechkins RSL stats not as good as Kaigs. and i think spezza and havlat did well last year.. 10 points for alfie and heatley. 7 for fisher and shaefer. not bad. the problem was the goaltending like every other year… except for when lalime was awsome and we lost in game 7 of the EC finals. dammit that was our cup to lose.

  26. segalkiller says:

    how old is ur leafs prospect ?cuz kaigs was aloud over only bcuz he had played for 5 years(in the RSL) he started at 16, and is now 21. so they think that if the stay past 20 years old, than you can leave. and what team is the leafs guy on. it depends on the team.

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