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Wild's Krivokrasov has been less than stellar //Star Tribune
Krivokrasov is having a bad day at work. Oops, did we say a bad day? We meant a bad year.
He tore up his knee right off the bat. He then messed up his ankle in
February. And now he's out of the lineup, fighting off some sort of strange
virus ("It's like mono, but it isn't," Krivokrasov explained). In between
all that, he has put up sick offensive numbers.
"Seems like everything that could go wrong for me this season has gone
wrong," Krivokrasov said. "It's been a disappointing season, a frustrating
season. I know I have not played like I'm capable of playing. I definitely
expected to have a better season."
"We took a chance on him because of what he had done with Nashville a few seasons ago," Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said. "He hasn't put up those type of numbers, but we've always put team accomplishments ahead of individual numbers and the team's been successful. And he's been a part of that success."
Then Risebrough slides into a gray area and talks about the reputation that Krivokrasov brought to the Wild. A reputation described in words you wouldn't find on the back of a hockey card: Lazy, enigmatic, head case. He has never quite lived up to expectations since being a first-round draft pick of Chicago in 1992.
"He hasn't been a problem at all," Risebrough said. "He has been none
of those things."
Who knows if he'll get that chance? Krivokrasov's contract is up after the season. He turns 27 in two weeks and is bound to have a better year next season. But it's conceivable the Wild will let him go.
"The thing that has been tough is it's the first season here and you
want to impress the coaches and I know that I probably haven't done that,"
Krivokrasov said. "I love playing in Minnesota. How could you not? The
atmosphere is great, the fans are great. I hope I can come back and play
like I know I can."
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