Buzz: Mikhail Pashnin Didn’t Want A Two-Way Contract

Update: 9:13AM: Laurie from Beyond the Blueshirts transcribed quotes from Pashnin’s agent where Glen Sather said this about Pashnin:

“Your defenseman has forced our guys to play with their heads up, because when they lowered them for a moment, they immediately found themselves on the ice after his hit.”

Original Post: Dmitry Chesnokov tweets that the Mikhail Pashnin stayed in Russia because he didn’t want to sign a two-way contract with the Rangers.

Chesnokov quotes his agent as saying that Pashnin didn’t think he could grow in the minor leagues.

Pashnin signed a two-year deal to stay in Russia yesterday.

The Rangers weren’t going to give him a one-way deal and pay him a higher amount in the minor leagues than a two-way contract would. He would have gotten every chance to make the team and win a spot, but there was no guarantee, and it seems like he didn’t want the $75,000 or so that playing in the AHL would have given him.

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Buzz: Mikhail Pashnin Is Still Up In The Air

At Beyond The Blueshirts, Laurie translates an interview from a Russian Newspaper and says that Mikhail Pashnin hasn’t signed a contract with the Rangers yet and quotes his agent as saying “all roads are open.”

His agent also said that he expects Pashnin to decide on his playing future within the next ten days.

Reports out of Russia were unhappy with Pashnin for coming to North America. He is believed to have an offer from the Rangers for a contract.

Pashnin was the 200th player selected in 2009.

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Tweet: Russia Isn’t Happy That Mikhail Pashnin Left

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Pashnin has yet to sign an official contract with the Rangers, but is negotiating with them.

Yep, Pashnin is likely headed to the AHL this season. His game needs to transition over to the North American rink, and while he plays a North American game with a lot of hitting, he still needs time to adjust.

More on Pashnin, HERE.

Buzz: Mikhail Pashnin Has an Offer From The Rangers

Update: 11:53AM: More on this at Beyond the Blueshirts.

Original Post: Dmitry Chesnokov tweets that 2009 seventh round pick (200th overall) Mikhail Pashnin has an offer from the Rangers to play in North America.

Pashnin, 22, has shown a love for hitting.

Read more about Pashnin, here.

In the lats two seasons in Russia, has has a total of nine points in 87 games.

The Rangers like to say that he has a game built for North America, and it looks like he will get the chance to show that this season and beyond. He will probably play in Hartford this season and could be a physical defenseman for the Rangers down the line.

READ: Mikhail Pashnin Likes To Hit

At, they look at 2009 seventh round pick Mikhail Pashnin as part of their “20 Prospects In 20 Days” series.

Pashnin showed last year at the Rangers development camp that he had a penchant for hitting. Gordie Clark says that he plays a North American style game.

He will be eligible to play in North America this coming season.

Read the profile on Pashnin from last year, HERE.

More on Pashnin, HERE.

He will get another chance to showcase himself and make an impact during the Rangers development camp later this month. He will have to find another player to get into an altercation with though as Ethan Werek isn’t around anymore.

Tweet: Mikhail Pashnin Staying In Rusia

…This was expected, though he made such an impact at Rangers prospect camp that it could have been thought he might take a chance and come over. Instead he will continue to develop in the KHL and maybe come over next season.

Read: The Mikhail Pashnin Show At Prospects Camp

Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants writes about how 2009 7th-round pick Mikhail Pashnin was the center of attention on the Rangers’ second day of prospects camp.

Gross notes that Pashnin played a physical game and got into a bit of an altercation with Ethan Werek.

…Sounds interesting and promising as a player, but maybe needs to grow up a little bit.

Pashnin reiterated, through his translator and fellow prospect Evgeny Grachev, that he wants to play in the NHL.

Read: Mikhail Pashnin Profile

In the seventh round of last years draft, the Rangers selected Mikhail Pashnin out of Russia. Pashnin was the first overall selection in the KHL last year and spent this season under Sergei Nemchinov and CSKA Moscow.

In the latest edition of 20 Prospects In 20 Days, Dan David looks at Pashnin and says that he will be coming to the Rangers prospect camp next month.

The article repeatedly talks about Pashnin’s desire to play in the NHL.

…Hockey’s Future doesn’t have him ranked in the Rangers top 20, but written about here, sounds like someone to keep an eye on.

Anytime you take someone who was first overall in something, its pretty good. Especially someone like Pashnin who has that Russian intrigue. I love and support teams taking European players with the later round picks. If you hit on one its a huge payoff and with the likelihood of a 6th or 7th round pick making it anyway its low risk.

That’s him with Evgeny Grachev

Quote: Gordie Clark on Mikhail Pashnin

Ranger Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clarks spoke about why seventh round pick Mikhail Pashnin, the first pick in the KHL draft, fell all the way to pick 200. Courtesy of the great Beyond the Blueshirts:

“We’re glad that Pashnin is in our system,” Clarke began.  “We know that he was the first [pick] in the KHL [draft].  That became a deciding factor in our selection,” the Rangers’ draft day decision maker admitted.  “Why so low? Unfortunately, the risk that Russians will want to make a career in the KHL is still great,” he explained. “We still hope that Pashnin will play for the Rangers.  But we didn’t want to take too great a risk.  What if all of a sudden CSKA offers him more money and the guy stays in the KHL?”

Rotter: So the Rangers won’t be involved in one of those cases of smuggling a Russian player over to the US. Damn, I love those. Still taking Pashnin is a good move, the later rounds are made for taking international players with potential and hoping that in a few years they come over at a time where they don’t need much more seasoning. For more information look up Lundqvist, Henrik.