Anatoli Bardin: A Victory Over the NHL
Wednesday July 30th 2008, 11:17 pm

In an interview for the Czech web site Sport, Avangard Omsk general manager Anatoli Bardin discussed his success in luring Jagr from New York, his relationship with Rangers general manager Glen Sather, and his happiness at being able to keep Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov in Omsk for “at least” another season. Russian daily Sport Express picked up the interview and translated it to Russian in this article. (Keep in mind when reading the quotes below that Bardin’s words were translated first from Russian to Czech, then back to Russian, and then into English…)

Asked if he perceived Jagr’s signing as a victory over the Rangers and the NHL, Bardin responded diplomatically. “To some it may seem that way, but here it’s a different matter. They need to understand abroad that talented and serious managers work in Russia, who they need to take into account.” But when pressed further he conceeded “Well, if you put it one way, for me it is a victory over the NHL, not over the Rangers.” He then added, seeming to contradict his denial of a scoring a win over the Rangers, “What makes me happy still is that the young Cherepanov remains with us; the New York club wanted to get a hold of him, but the forward decided to stay at home for at least a year. For us this is also a success.”

Asked how frequently he had been in touch with Jagr, Bardin revealed that “from the moment of our meeting abroad [in New York in April], we have called each other every week.” Bardin was then asked if he would consider himself and Jagr friends, and he readily agreed. “We are good friends. We can meet and chat without ceremony.” He went on to explain “I communicate this way not only with Jaromir, but also with all the hockey players on the team. It helps me with my work.” When it was suggested that he was most likely not on such friendly terms with Rangers GM Glen Sather, Bardin grinned and replied “Because I took away Jagr? I don’t think so. We actually have a good relationship with Glen, we communicate extremely well, and after the departure of Jaromir, nothing has changed. There is no discord whatsoever. ” He continued, echoing what many Rangers fans have suspected all along: “They apparently didn’t want to keep him that badly. They had their chance to do it. We offered the best terms and therefore Jagr has moved on to Omsk.”

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    I don’t think the Rangers wanted Jagr back at all.They didn’t try very hard to keep him,an odd move when they are going to play in Prague to start the season.

    Comment by Spooky 07.31.08 @ 2:39 am

    Why would Sather be unhappy with Bardin? The Rangers had no intention of signing Jagr, it was obviously all a sham. It’s more interesting that Jags chose Omsk over the other offers that he presumably received from teams in the NHL.

    Comment by Elliot 07.31.08 @ 8:28 am

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