I agree it is odd, inexplicable even...Island Nucklehead wrote:
From that standpoint, I don't see why the Canucks would be afraid of a no-minors clause. They aren't going to waive him, so why not make him feel a bit more protected? Maybe they explained this to him (in Russian, hopefully) and he balked, worried they'd start him in the minors and keep him there most of the season. But it seems like an odd hill to die on, given that you'd have to offer him around the league after 1 more NHL game.
...which is why I don't believe these muck rakers trying to make this an issue.
Guy wanted to go back to Russia, have an easier life and a happy wife. It's far less shocking than Datsyuk bailing on the wings after 17 years and leaving them in cap hell, or Kovalchuk bailing on the Devils after signing the biggest contract ever.
So yeah, bullshit detector is going off on these "stories".