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Varlamov and Dovgan Not Coming To Rookie Camp

I just received word that defenseman Viktor Dovgan has decided not to come over for rookie camp, and will instead remain in Russia, where his Super League season has already started. Goaltender Simeon Varlamov also has decided to stay in Russia and join his Super League team.

I'm told that Dovgan's decision came as a bit of suprise to the Caps. Varlamov wasn't so much of a surprise

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 7, 2007; 7:35 PM ET
 
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I wonder if Dovgan opted for Russia because of his family. Though I thought there was talk that they would come over this year if was in Hershey

Posted by: Cush | September 7, 2007 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't expect anything good out if Dovgan. If there's a trade option (probably not), just get rid of him. He'll be another Chistov, or Taratukhin. etc.

It just shows that Alex Ovechkin is a complete exception among Russians. His interest in improving his English skills, his work ethic, even his physical style of play is an exception to any other Russian. The only other Russian guy that I can name similar to him was Igor Larionov.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | September 7, 2007 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Alright, there was Konstantinov and Fetisov, but that's it.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | September 7, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Caps managers surprised at player's actions? Don't they talk to them? Don't the Caps have control over players that they have under contract?

I'm continually dismayed by the Cap's management - or lack thereof.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 7, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Dovgan was taking classes, he even did a live interview in front of an audience without an interpreter.

last year was tough as he had a wife and newborn back in Russia so it could be family thing. He's probably making more in Russia than he would in Hershey or South Carolina.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

hey Tarik.

Any way you could update us on the Heights Weights of the kids?? Would be interesting to see how many lbs the kids have packed on since we last saw them.

Posted by: Comebackkono3 | September 8, 2007 7:13 AM | Report abuse

>>>"Why are the Caps managers surprised at player's actions? Don't they talk to them? Don't the Caps have control over players that they have under contract?"

On the first, no Caps management can read minds. Dovgan played in North America last year and made every indication he would be playing in Hershey this season. Obviously, he changed his mind.

On the second, not until the NHL finally reaches an agreement with the Russian teams.

Posted by: exwhaler | September 8, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

what does this have to do with the caps' management abilities? the guy has a wife and baby and he wanted to play at home, end of discussion.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

there are things that are more important than hockey. family

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Guys! All I'm asking is, "why is it a surprise?" If the guy has a wife and newborn in Russia, fine! Hopefully, GMGM would know about this? If there are issues with the player, shouldn't the manager know about the issues? Don't they have a contract between the player and the organization? Wouldn't you expect that potential issues would be raised during negotiations and that the alternatives would be agreed to in advance? That's what a contract is supposed to do. Not just set the amount of money you'll get. There should be no surprise announcements of players NOT showing up to someplace expected. Either the player is running against the contract, or GMGM didn't think through. My bet is on the latter.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 8, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

you would stand to lose a lot on that bet

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

>>>"Wouldn't you expect that potential Don't they have a contract between the player and the organization? Wouldn't issues would be raised during negotiations and that the alternatives would be agreed to in advance? That's what a contract is supposed to do. "

Until an IIHF transfer agreement is signed with the Russian leagues, a North American contract is not binding.

Dvogan came over to North America last year without a contract and played in this country. The Caps didn't sign him to a deal until halfway through the year. He gave every indication he was going to be back in the States this season, which is why he played at the prospect camp this past July. He's only recently changed his mind, and lambasting the organization for that is beyond reason.

Posted by: exwhaler | September 11, 2007 12:07 AM | Report abuse

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