The Max Line

By Max Dostoevsky

Tyutin heads back to Russia

The Max Line – Friday, October 25

So Fedor Tyutin had enough of CHL and failing to make NY Rangers roster outstanding young defenceman heads back to RSL. All the signs pointed out that Tyutin should join SKA, which holds QB’s rights in Russia until January 2004. However he may end up in Kazan instead, probably pushing (Blackhawks’ prospect) Anton Babchuk to the stands…
A clause in rearguard’s contract with St.Petersburg side indicates that in case of coaching or GM’s change Tyutin has an option to join another team. As SKA fired Nikolai Puchkov late in September, replacing him with Boris Mikhailov who’s not known for trusting youngsters much, Tyutin decided to exercise the option in question choosing to sign with Ak Bars. However SKA officials claim that same clause indicates the team shall receive compensation for the youngster from whatever club he joins. Therefore during a 12-day November break in RSL, Tyutin’s former and future teams have some talks in perspective.

AMUR OFFICIALS HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR SHEVIEV

18-year old Maxim Sheviev signed with Kazan’s Ak Bars last summer. Albeit, two month into the season Buffalo Sabres prospect wasn’t able to crack club’s line-up. As a result Sheviev was transferred to Khabarovsk where he’ll remain until the end of the season on loan basis.
With injuries to three of their key players (Anatoly Ustyugov, Alexei Badyukov and Andrei Yasakov) Amur coaching stuff hopes for Sheviev to step in and provide so much needed offense. After all, talented forward may click in Amur’s offensive system. Especially looking at the way youngsters Maxim Spiridonov and Oleg Minakov have been able to prosper under (coach) Andrei Pyatanov’s sight.
In five games with Ak Bars’ second team this season Maxim had one goal and six assists.

RUSSIA’S ANSWER TO MATTHEW BARNABY

New Jersey Devils’ prospect Andrei Posnov from Moscow Spartak is quickly earning the reputation of being the most hated player in Superleague. Posnov, 6-0 176 pd., relentlessly bothers opposition’s top players: trash talks, gets into all sorts of scrambles and at times drops the gloves. Last Saturday he bugged CSKA’s Nikolai Zherdev all the game long, as a result Red Army’s outstanding puckwiz had a very average game despite scoring a beautiful goal and Posnov’s Spartak won 4-2. Mind you, Andrei’s a pretty good hockey player as well. In 10 games for Spartak this season Posnov has 2 goals, 3 points and 63 minutes in penalties.

TRANSACTIONS

Colorado Avalanche prospect Evgeny Lazarev didn’t impress Ak Bars management during a week long try-out and is on his way to Cherepovets where he’ll try to break into Severstal’s line-up.

Two time Stanley Cup Champion (with Rangers ’94 and Devils ’00) Sergei Nemchinov have been practicing with Lokomotiv in recent weeks. The 38-year old veteran is expected to sign with Yaroslavl, assuming he wouldn’t get an offer from NHL team until the 12th of November.

Former Dinamo Riga great Alexander Kerch has signed with SKA until the end of the season. 35-year old vet was a member of USSR National Team back in the 80th and has been one of Latvia National team’s key contributors in World Tournaments and Olympics in recent years.

Former Boston Bruins’ netminder Evgeny Ryabchikov have been released by Perm’s Molot-Prikamie. According to sources around the team ’94 first round draft pick (21st overall) is considering finishing his career.

THEY SAID IT

Amur Khabarovsk head coach Andrei Pyatanov after his team’s 8-2 loss in hands of Severstal: “I really have nothing to say,”

Ak Bars’ head coach Yuri Moiseev while walking into the dressing room with Sport-Express daily columnist and addressing his players: “This is our new center. He’s Canadian, from Montreal. He doesn’t speak a word of Russian, but can play the game,”

EEEEEEE-MAIL

Erik Burgess: Just wondering how Alexei Mikhnov is progressing with his new team Sibir. Is he getting quality
ice time and on what line he’s usually playing? As an Oilers fan I’d love to think we have a late bloomer on our
hands.

MAX: Mikhnov is finally breaking through. He was solid early in the season, playing on the second line with a
couple of Czechs (Leos Cermak and Martin Tomasek). Alexei improved his acceleration and is using his size
with more authority. Lately he has been slumping a bit. (Head coach) Vladimir Golubovich even had him
centering the fourth unit alongside Detroit’s prospect Kirill Sidorenko and veteran Sergei Solomatov for one game. But Mikhnov was back alongside Tomasek and Cermak for Thursday’s loss against CSKA. Mikhnov’s still a few years away from the NHL. However his progress in comparison to the last season is obvious and encouraging. Looks more and more like a late bloomer…

— Max Dostoevsky