That at least is according to Alexei Cherepanov’s agent Jay Grossman, who said the player’s agreement with current team Omsk is he’ll be free to come to the NHL after next season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an obstacle at all,Ã¢â‚¬? Grossman said by phone from the draft. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It may be an issue with certain players but it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be an issue with Alexei because we have an agreement with the team and they know his intention is to play in the NHL.Ã¢â‚¬?
Meanwhile, Cherepanov will actually be coming even sooner than that since the team is likely to bring him to New York for a tour next week.
Again, if the real deterrent for most teams here was A) getting the player out of Russia and B) getting him to play hard, the Rangers may feel they have an answer to both. One I just mentioned. The other lies with another vastly talented player who had a reputation for aloofness before coming to New York.
In other words, the Rangers got Jaromir Jagr to work. They can probably figure this kid out as well.