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Ottawa Sun
After pining for a Russian linemate last season, Alexei Yashin is now surrounded by them.
And, in some ways, it's like a dream come true.
The Ottawa Senators No. 1 centre has arrived safely in Moscow to begin preparations with the Team Russia for the World Cup of Hockey which gets underway later this month at venues in Europe, Canada and the USA.
Yashin, 22, the only Russian in Ottawa's lineup after he signed a new five-year, $13 million US deal last season, loves the idea of looking around a dressing room that features Fedorov, Larionov, Fetisov, Mogilny and Bure.
"I always watched Larionov growing up in Russia and I always wanted to be like him because he was the No. 1 centre in Russian hockey. But it's not just Larionov, it's all the players," said Yashin from his Moscow hotel yesterday.
"There are so many great Russian stars and so many of them are here. There are so many great players and it's nice to be able to play with them because I don't get that chance in the National Hockey League."
The last time Yashin played in Moscow was last October, when he suited up for Dynamo while embroiled in a contract dispute with the Senators. He played mostly with prospects before being banned from the league by the IIHF.
While the coaching staff has yet to settle its lines, Yashin spent yesterday's second workout with Toronto's Sergei Berezin and New York's Alexei Kovalev on his wings. That could be changed this morning.
"There's a lot of talent here," said Yashin. "I'm not really sure how it's going to work. Today, it was one line. Tomorrow, it could be another line."
Yashin spent last month training with TPS Finland in preparation for the tournament. The Russians will play an exhibition game against Finland tomorrow night in Moscow and that should give them a good idea where they're at.
"I'm very happy and I'm very excited," said Yashin. "I hope I can help this team win the World Cup. This is going to be a good experience. I'm just looking forward to that first game (Aug. 26 against Canada) in Vancouver."


Источник - "Ottawa Sun "




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