Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Simon Says

If you thought Allen Iverson making the NBA All-Star team as a starter despite playing in less than half of his team’s games this season was a bit silly, wait ‘til you get a load of this:

According to RussianHockeyFans.com, Chris Simon (yes that Chris Simon) has been added to the Kontinental Hockey League’s All-Star roster.

The KHL uses a similar format to the American Hockey League’s Canada vs. PlanetUSA format – Team Yashin is made up of Russian stars, while the “international stars” will suit up for Team Jagr.

Yes, KHL journalists have done something no one else ever has – they’ve labeled Chris Simon an international star. Wow. Not only that, but the soon-to-be 38-year-old who was suspended for a total of 70 games during his 15-year NHL career will be on Team Jagr’s second line!

I never thought I would hear Simon mentioned in the same breath as Sergei Fedorov, but I guess things are different over in Russia.

On the subject of Russia and the KHL – add former NHLer Sergei Zubov to the list of disgruntled non-Olympians.

It wasn’t quite a Mikael Samuelsson style reaction, but when Zubov found out that he was being added to the Russian Olympic squad as a substitute it’s safe to say he wasn’t impressed.

The 17-year NHL veteran, who decided to play in the KHL last season, called being named a sub a “complete humiliation of me as a person and a sportsman” and a “spit in my face.”

Hey, at least he made the All-Star team!

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