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Now what happens if he wants to come back to the NHL at some point?

Does he have to come through us, is he banned for life, does he become UFA...?

we own his rights until 2011, when he turns 27.

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Guest habsfan#08
LOL.....do you think the fact that he got benched after penalties and was made to sit in the pressbox had anything to do with it ..............especially when you consider Mr Lats ( Golden Boy ) was given a free ride all year

and then he saw Sammy get he pressbox treatment and Kovalev got benched .......

I guess we can expect to see a good crop of UFA's just lining up to come sign with Montreal and play for this dysfunctional team ...NOT !

Those words, they say so much about last season. Carbo seemingly put all his faith in a 19 year old rookie who had no exerience and showed it. He was given every chance to succeed and could only do it consistantly with Koivu and Ryder. Perez on the other hand was rarely given chances in an offensive role. (PLEASE don't tell me about the last game of the season, it was one game)

Also, I totally agree about the free agent thing, who's gonna want to sign here? I can see Garnett Exelby wanting 4mil.

And Drury wanting 8 mil to be here. If we sign anyone remotely useful m(with a decent price) I'll be ecstatic.

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Guest caperns
It's not Koivu that left the team... jeez! ;)

Nope not yet, anyway.

I hate losing this kid,

He worked hard and did everything that was asked of him. He was never going to be a star but he had some potential and he had tons of speed.

Put me down in the "blame Carbo" camp for this one.

I second that "blame Carbo" camp for this one.

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Well it's impossible to not place at least some of the blame on him. The decision was probably a mixture of things. While I doubt he went just for the money, I'm sure it was a big part of the decision. Plus being closer to home, speaking his native language, playing time, and getting away from the stick swinging incident were all probably factors. That said, he probably would have ignored all of those temptations if he felt like he had a solid future here, and that is where Carbonneau deserves at least some blame. For Perezhogin to stay here, he would have been taking about 1/4 of the money he'll make in Russia, he has to speak English, which apparently is hard for him, he'll never be the star he can be in Russia, he is further away from home, etc., and for what? To sit in the Bell Center pressbox? While I'm sad to lose him, it's his decision, and I'll respect him for it, although I wish he would have toughed it out for one more season.

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Meh, I don't really care too much. I only remember him for one goal last season against Toronto early in the season, and a lot of stupid penalties.

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Guest rendez_vous
I third...

Where do I join?

Hopefully this is nothing like fat camp was. :)

Oh, I think we can agree that "Money Talk$" ;) 1.7 million, holy moly.

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Guest The_Hockey_Specialist

I don't blame him for leaving. He's got a ton of potential and was misused in Montreal since the Julien era. Remember the start of the season he got that he was on fire? Then the Habs hit a slump and he used to get 2 minutes of ice-time a game. Perez had great burst of speed with a good ability to forecheck and hit hard (Primeau). He also had a nice shot that surprised goaltenders. The whole "takes many penalties" is blown outta proportion, it's hard to sit cold on a bench and play 8-9 minutes a game. Did he ever even see PP time? Or PK time? He was the 3rd string on the defensive core and pretty much an extra able body that the coach used when his top two lines were tired. IMHO, he was never TRULY given a a chance or had a backing of a coach as a top 6 forward, which he should have had been. Best of luck to you in Russia Sasha.

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Put me down in the "blame Carbo" camp for this one.
I second that "blame Carbo" camp for this one.

I can only quote two at a time, but this is also in reply to shao01 and rendez_vous who also have stated wanting to put the blame on Carbonneau...

Perezhogin will be paid the equivalent of $3.4 million per season for two years because there is practically no taxes in Russia for pro athletes. Let me ask you... does Carbonneau decide on the contracts given to our players? Should Gainey break the bank and give Perezhogin that kind of money in your expert opinions? I certainly wouldn't.

Don't beleive me? Click here for the article:

Meehan said that Perezhogin will net $1.7 million U.S. "That works out to about $3.4 million gross in the NHL and it's unlikely the Canadiens could match that," Meehan said. Perezhogin earned $627,000 last season.

;)

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I'm not going to blame anyone for Perezhogin leaving...not even Perezhogin. Hockey is still a business and Perez went with the better deal. He wasn't going to get a better deal with the Habs because he didn't produce enough to warrant a significant raise. So now he's Russia bound.

I look at this not as a loss, but an opportunity. And opportunity for someone else to step in. Maybe a Chipchura, or a Grbovsky.

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Guest NDSuto
That's OK we got Lapierre and Latendresse

Hmmm I don't see any similarities between those two and Perezhogin...exept they're players. ;)

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I can only quote two at a time, but this is also in reply to shao01 and rendez_vous who also have stated wanting to put the blame on Carbonneau...

Perezhogin will be paid the equivalent of $3.4 million per season for two years because there is practically no taxes in Russia for pro athletes. Let me ask you... does Carbonneau decide on the contracts given to our players? Should Gainey break the bank and give Perezhogin that kind of money in your expert opinions? I certainly wouldn't.

Don't beleive me? Click here for the article:

Meehan said that Perezhogin will net $1.7 million U.S. "That works out to about $3.4 million gross in the NHL and it's unlikely the Canadiens could match that," Meehan said. Perezhogin earned $627,000 last season.

:)

so once again the all mighty dollar has stepped in ;) until I see a one on one interview with Perezhogin and he admits " Carbonneau chased me away" I don't buy into blaming the coach. All I see is a young hockey player going back to his come country to make alot of money because he knew he would have to wait alot longer to earn it here, and he didn't want to wait.

The management & staff can't win on this one. They lose Perezhogin to Russia its because of poor handling. If they had of gave him 3.5 million dollars (a Sammy size contract) EVERYONE would be screaming "Management has lost their mind" Until he proved himself I would have only given him 1.5 million this year then consider increasing it down the road.

If anything blame Souray for knocking Perez out of action with that hit to head that caused Perezhogin to miss 15 games. If not for that I honestly think he would have been back on the ice after Sammy mouthed off for the last time. But since he had the concussion and management didn't want to put him back out there too soon and have him become the next Eric Lindros (one concussion away from being a human vegtable) they kept him in the pressbox. Wow, how inconsiderate, thinking of a players health

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I don't think a single person here would argue that we should have given Perezhogin that kind of money. However, you have to wonder why money became more important when most players prefer to compete at the highest level in the NHL and know that if they make it here, they'll make more money than they would anywhere else. Perhaps he was starting to feel like he would never get a fair chance to show what he could do?

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Guest FREDDYBEACH HAB

So do we still own him or what? Is he a RFA? If the Habs offer him his I think it's 10% more of what he made last year, would he not still be bound to his original contract? As some are saying this is business, then I say ok it's business lets play.

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I don't think a single person here would argue that we should have given Perezhogin that kind of money. However, you have to wonder why money became more important when most players prefer to compete at the highest level in the NHL and know that if they make it here, they'll make more money than they would anywhere else. Perhaps he was starting to feel like he would never get a fair chance to show what he could do?

Weep, in all due respect, if you were offered more than 5 times what you made last year to return back home to work, would you take it? I know what I'd do. ;)

Don't get me wrong, I've already stated in a couple of occasions that Latendresse should not have been prefered to Perezhogin for a kick at the first line when Higgins got hurt, but no one will convince me here that this decision by Perezhogin wasn't money driven...

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Guest CanadianMike

What if he would have just asked for a trade? At least he would still be in the NHL and we could see what he is all about. ;)

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What if he would have just asked for a trade? At least he would still be in the NHL and we could see what he is all about. ;)

Do you honnestly beleive that any NHL team would give him anywhere close to the equivalent to about $3.4 million a season? I don't.

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Do you honnestly beleive that any NHL team would give him anywhere close to the equivalent to about $3.4 million a season? I don't.

NOT AT ALL. I just wanted to see what he is all about...if given a chance (for those that complain he didn't get one) IN THE NHL not another league.

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I can only quote two at a time, but this is also in reply to shao01 and rendez_vous who also have stated wanting to put the blame on Carbonneau...

Perezhogin will be paid the equivalent of $3.4 million per season for two years because there is practically no taxes in Russia for pro athletes. Let me ask you... does Carbonneau decide on the contracts given to our players? Should Gainey break the bank and give Perezhogin that kind of money in your expert opinions? I certainly wouldn't.

Don't beleive me? Click here for the article:

Meehan said that Perezhogin will net $1.7 million U.S. "That works out to about $3.4 million gross in the NHL and it's unlikely the Canadiens could match that," Meehan said. Perezhogin earned $627,000 last season.

;)

If I'm Perezhogin and my career is going places, I don't even bother looking at Russia. If it was all about the money, he never would have come to North America in the first place.

Sorry, but Carbo takes a good portion of the blame here.

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If I'm Perezhogin and my career is going places, I don't even bother looking at Russia. If it was all about the money, he never would have come to North America in the first place.

Sorry, but Carbo takes a good portion of the blame here.

Actually, the Russian Elite League has just started paying their players more in the last couple of years, and only a few teams with rich owners can actually afford to lure those players there with lucrative contracts.

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Guest sholt_c33
Weep, in all due respect, if you were offered more than 5 times what you made last year to return back home to work, would you take it? I know what I'd do.

Exactly. He has to look into the future, past his hockey career. He won't be playing hockey at a professional level all of his life, and this is one way he can secure enough funds to get him through life, once his career is done. I think he is much like anyone else in this world...ultimately, looking out for number one.

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Guest Lafleurs Guy
Actually, the Russian Elite League has just started paying their players more in the last couple of years, and only a few teams with rich owners can actually afford to lure those players there with lucrative contracts.

No doubt the cash was a factor.

But if cash was the only factor there would be no Russians in the NHL. I'm pretty sure Perez saw his future here stagnating and decided that this was a better option. And after the way he was used (abused?) this season by Carbo, I can't say I blame him.

Those are my thoughts anyway.

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