I read notes in the media and I never get tired of being amazed: it turns out that the Blue and Whites, having achieved the final ninth place, is the task of the season, you won’t believe it! – compliment?! This means that the entire top of Dynamo, who flew through a gate to Larionov’s kindergarten, must urgently leave and extend contracts with them.
My outrage knows no bounds! “Dynamo” for “Soviet sport” is not an empty word. We became very close friends with the famous club in the late 90s, we supported each other as much as possible, together we brought the national hockey out of the pit of lack of money and oblivion. Our newspaper was then rising from the ashes, and the white and blue newspapers were kept afloat thanks to the extensive patronage of Moscow Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev.
Dynamo leaders used to visit our office when we were still located in Spasoglinishevsky Lane. He helped run contests for readers. So, they brought us 20 sticks signed by Bilyaletdinov, Afinogenov, Kharitonov. The president of HC “Dynamo” Sergei Sidorovsky, assessing the inhumane conditions in which we revived the great post, was so touched that he issued a historic phrase:
– Let’s feed everyone at our base, or something!
Together we rejoiced in the crowded stands in the great Luzhniki, reaching the EuroLeague final with a goal from Markov space, winning the national championship in 2000 … And not a single foreign cap in the team!
That is why now it is terrible and painful to see to what bottom our good friends have sunk.
I repeat once again: personally, I have nothing against Alexei Kudashov. I remember very well the current blue and white coach in the Krylya Sovetov trio with Potaichuk and Gordiyuk. I followed the Setunians especially closely, because they were led by Igor Dmitriev, my coach in the youth team.
Alexei Nikolaevich showed a lot as a hockey player at home, in Europe and abroad, but as a coach he did not win anything! Granted, Bykov-Zakharkin didn’t win anything at CSKA either, but he made the whole country happy with two consecutive World Championship wins.
Something else bothers me. As it suddenly turned out now, Dynamo’s goal for the season was to make the playoffs? Friends, are you serious? I understand the NHL, where 16 more or less equal conference franchises battle it out for eight Stanley Cup tickets. But what have we seen now in the west of the KHL?! It was necessary to enter the Gagarin Cup with only 11 applicants! That is, with three extra. At the same time, everyone understood that Kunlun had no pretensions to anything from the start. Like HC Sochi, whose destiny is to break records in losses. Spartak collapsed after the New Year. The shaky Dynamo Minsk made it to the playoffs because someone needed to fill the eighth position.
Nothing can be said – a high goal for the legendary club with the fourth payroll in the West for an unimaginable amount of 550 million rubles for many in the KHL? Also, who was mediocrely overwhelmed by the Blue and Whites in the initial playoff series? Not CSKA, not SKA, not even Lokomotiv. They capitulated to the impoverished schoolchildren of the Professor, whom no one knew at all six months ago! With the same payment of 315 million, Andrei Razin has just derailed the reigning champions with a total salary of 895 million rubles. Assembled last season from scratch, “Admiral” Leonid Tambiev with a payroll fund of 335 million and world flight records last week, completely knocked out the venerable “Salavat” from the playoffs!
I will make a reservation right away: all the figures are not official. Taken from open sources. However, there were no official denials.
Here the media managed to justify Dynamo’s relegation by saying that the Torpedo has bonuses in the playoffs, but the Muscovites do not. The naive defenders of this argument only further hit the professional viability of the white and blue management – why did they not think to do it as they did in Nizhny Novgorod?
And, of course, the most egregious zashkvar – ranting loudly about gambling on his own youth with the simultaneous purchase of hundreds of millions of rubles of North American waste from NHL farm clubs.
It just defies comprehension, how can almost a third of the team’s bill be paid for three immigrant forwards? With what fear the infinitely generous leadership of the blues and whites gave the Swede Lilja 50 million rubles a year, the Canadians Wil – 65, O’Dell – 60? And this despite the fact that the last one at the decisive moment of last season – just before the series with CSKA! – escaped from the battlefield. Rolled home. Although the Canadian Clinkhammer stayed, and the Swede Lindberg played until the end. What they did with deserters during the Great Patriotic War, you don’t need to remember. And then the cowardly fugitive was bombarded with millions of people’s money?!
What a long way! Everyone remembers how CSKA reacted to Radulov’s desire from the NHL to return home. The star striker did a lot of good for the army, but he was not forgiven for his sudden departure abroad. So they publicly declared: there is no such player for us anymore!
Later, the Dynamo brought up American defender Menell. Surely not for a million rubles a month. So four age contracts ate at least 200 million from Dynamo’s salary fund, and the profitability in the series with Torpedo was 4 goals in six games. Except for O’Dell, who, by definition, shouldn’t have been on the team. At the same time, all these janitors took a lot of ice time, crushed the majority under them, displacing Mironov from the 1st brigade. And productivity is in the region of statistical error!
Is this how youngsters develop if they sit on the bench in key segments of matches? If most of them receive crumbs of playing time? I cannot understand at all – why there is such fierce discrimination against Russians in the Russian club! Feel the difference: the highest-paid locals earned 40 million this season (Mironov, captain of the blue and white), 35 million (the goalkeeper Konovalov), 30 million (the defender Martynov), the Olympic champion Kablukov had 25 million, and the striker Rashevsky , who played in the Russian national team, until re-signing the contract plowed for pathetic, by KHL standards, eight million rubles!
A monstrous admiration for the West, and in its worst manifestations. Jagrs with Haseks no longer come to us. They say one thing, but in reality, quite the opposite!
Fortunately, there are enough clubs in the KHL where the public is not fooled. They announced in Lokomotiv and SKA, Ak Bars and Torpedo that from now on they are betting on the Russians with an emphasis on their wards and have not strayed to the only correct path. A minimum of foreigners in CSKA, Severstal, Neftekhimik. Have the teams been weakened? Of course not!
This is an example of the same “Dynamo” to follow, which practice trusts! Including his own times of Vladimir Yurzinov.