06.06.07

Isles Buy Out Yashin; Yashin Shrugs, Lazily Backchecks His Way Home

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He fought for Carol Alt's honor, a fight no man can win

The New York Islanders have bought out the remainder of Alexei Yashin’s ten-year, $87 million contract for the paltry sum of $17.6 million. Owner Charles Wang apparently no longer needed the Yashin deal as evidence that handing Rick DiPietro fifteen years and $67.5 million was nowhere near the dumbest move he’d helped author. Considering that the Isles traded behemoth defenseman¬† Zdeno Chara and newly drafted scoring stud Jason Spezza (now in the Cup finals with the Senators) for Yashin, perhaps hoping that he would average a point a game during some point in his Islanders career is not outrageous. Despite his scant ice time and lack of production during the the Isles’ first-round defeat to the Buffalo Sabres, Yashin leaves with his head high:

“The Islanders have treated me with the utmost respect,” Yashin said on the Islanders’ Web site. “I’ve always believed in the vision Charles Wang has for the organization and although I won’t be a part of it, I believe that the team is headed in the right direction. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life.”

That chapter? Not giving a fuck somewhere else.

2 Responses to “Isles Buy Out Yashin; Yashin Shrugs, Lazily Backchecks His Way Home”

  1. David Roth says:

    Great photo. Either he just took a shot to the nutz or is hunting for fresh, delicious brains.

  2. GC says:

    surely I am not the first person to notice the close resemblance to LI’s fave son, Stephen Baldwin?

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