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Nichushkin prods Team Russia: I'm ready

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07:45 AM ET 12.11 | With the Olympics less than two months out and the naming of teams on the near horizon, Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin waits. [Nichushkin] told R-Sport on Tuesday he feels he is able to compete with the world's best players is burning with desire to go to the Sochi Olympics. Snapped up as the No. 10 overall pick in June's draft, the 18-year-old has already broken into the team's forward line along with Canadians Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, notching up 12 points in 15 games since it happened last month. "Now I am playing against the best players of other teams, against those who will participate at the Olympics," Nichushkin said. ... "We'll see how everything will turn out, but of course I want to play at such a prominent tournament." The 6-foot-4 forward added none of the Russian coaches had called him or his more experienced teammate Sergei Gonchar so far.

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December 11, 2013  08:15 AM ET

I do believe I could rack up 12 phantom assists just by being on the ice with Seguin and Benn.

December 11, 2013  08:15 AM ET

*points

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December 11, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Make public your distaste of ze gay.

LOL.

December 11, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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Requirements for Team Russia:

-Play in KHL
-Be named Ovechkin, Malkin or Datsyuk
-Make public your distaste of ze gay.

Ragging on the Raptors now?

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December 11, 2013  09:42 AM ET

There is a good reason for not inviting Gonchar. I don't know enough about this kid. Maybe Otis could fill me in.

December 11, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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At least there's hope of a good rebuild. What the hell else do I got goin for me in these parts right now?Go Niners.

yeah, same here. been a tough year in NY sports so far
All of the pro teams and even The Mets and Islanders stink

December 11, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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There is a good reason for not inviting Gonchar. I don't know enough about this kid. Maybe Otis could fill me in.

Otis fell on some ice and hit his head. You might have to wait a bit.

Get well Otis.

December 11, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Otis fell on some ice and hit his head. You might have to wait a bit.Get well Otis.

Oh my. That is horrible. I hope he is okay.

December 11, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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At least there's hope of a good rebuild. What the hell else do I got goin for me in these parts right now?Go Niners.

I thought T.O. was Bills country?

December 11, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Get well Otis.

+1

December 11, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Oh my. That is horrible. I hope he is okay.

He's a Cowboy fan so it'll be hard to tell. :o)

December 11, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

At least there's hope of a good rebuild. What the hell else do I got goin for me in these parts right now?

Go Niners.

You still have this Danny....

December 11, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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Otis fell on some ice and hit his head. You might have to wait a bit.Get well Otis.

damn...be well mr Driftwood
sincerely, geoffrey T Spaulding

December 11, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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+1

+2

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December 11, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Otis fell on some ice and hit his head. You might have to wait a bit.Get well Otis.

Get well soon. Hope it's not too serious.

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