Sunday, June 17, 2007

Another Offer Rejected by Artyukhin

The Lightning offered Artyukhin the same three-year, $1.575-million deal they gave wing Nick Tarnasky, but general manager Jay Feaster said the deal was turned down. The offer, which would have paid $500,000, $525,000 and $550,000 was a step up from the one-year, $475,000 offer he had already turned down.

Artyukhin's agent, Mark Gandler, is probably the one to blame for the situation. Apparently he is regarded as a bottom dweller of an agent, and by the way he is apparently advising Artyukhin, I can believe it. The Lightning have made more than good on their offers to him, right on par with Tarnasky, who I think has more upside. Yet the big Ruskie keeps turning up his least through his agent.

It's time for the Bolts to deal this guys rights and get something in return. He could be packaged in an attempt to get a goalie or forward, perhaps to San Jose for a Toskala. I don't care if I ever see this guy back in Tampa, the only memorable thing he ever did was to rip a guys helmet off and hit him with it...that was hilarious. Other than that, what has he done? Get rid of him and get something useable in return.

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