Rangers Want Compensation For Cherepanov

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A month has passed since the tragic event that took place in Russia when Alexei Cherepanov collapsed and died during a Russian hockey league game with “Omsk”. Now, the New York Rangers are looking for compensation for their late draft pick, Alexei Cherepanov.

Alexei Cherepanov, who had yet to sign with the New York Rangers, would be allowed to re-enter the NHL draft, if he was still alive. So the New York Rangers are fighting with the league that since Cherepanov did not sign with the team, they should be compensated for the draft pick. The New York Rangers are looking for a 2nd round draft pick in 2009. CBA Article 8.3 (b) that stipulates that compensatory picks be awarded to teams unable to sign first-round draft picks.

“It seems now as if that phrase is unintentionally precluding the deceased from being included as eligible for compensation. We understand that this is a sensitive issue, but with all due respect to Alexei’s family and his memory, he is technically eligible to be drafted again next year.

“We are not attempting to capitalize on a tragedy, but there would be no question regarding the Rangers’ right to a compensatory pick if Cherepanov had been revived and survived the incident and were on life support.

“If an unsigned player sustained a massive injury on or off the ice, the drafting team would get a compensatory pick,” Hope said. “We believe that the letter of the law applies in this case, but even if there is a disagreement on that, it’s clear that the spirit of the law applies.”

When I heard about this story I felt sick to my stomach!! How can a team like the Rangers come out and say to the media, they are looking for compensation? Alexei Cherepanov should be remembered as a hockey player and a human being that had an unbelievable talent, not a business plan gone bad.

If the Rangers and Glen Sather are looking for some sort of compensation, then matters should be taken up in a closed room, with the NHL executives, with no media personnel attending.

Our condolences again go out to the Cherepanov family.

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