October 1, 1997
Yashin earns `a' for attitude
PUTTING TEAM FIRST RAISES STAR'S STOCK
By CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun
Ron Tugnutt is uniquely positioned to gauge Alexei Yashin's
Gauge as in 12-gauge, as in bullet, as in "ouch."
"He is shooting the puck so hard," said the Senators goaltender
as he packed his equipment for the trip to Montreal for tonight's opener
at the Molson Centre.
"I said to him, `You trying to hurt me out there?' He said, `It
doesn't hurt you if it doesn't hit you' as he beats me with it. He's a
guy you're going to want to watch this year. He is just going to have a
Tugnutt and Damian Rhodes, who will start in goal tonight against
the Habs, will face more Yashin shots this season than any opponent's goaltender.
They are in the best position to see who is coming on, who's
taking their talent and squeezing more out of it, whose game is evolving
rather then revolving.
Tugnutt can see it in Yashin.
It goes beyond what happens on the ice. As has been pointed out
in this space before, Yashin has never been more confident, more at ease
and more comfortable in his surroundings than he is now.
The defining personality of the Senators' franchise since his
arrival four years ago, the 23-year-old is poised to take his game and
his team from the realm of the merely respectable in the NHL to the fringes
Yashin is feared by his opponents because of his puck-handling
skills -- there are none better in the league -- his whistling shot and
his willingness to go into traffic in front for a scoring chance. He has
the ability to make opponents look foolish, and that, perhaps, is the greatest
fear of an NHLer.
If you get caught looking foolish often enough, you wind up looking
Yashin's importance to this team is expected to be officially
recognized today when the club names its alternate captains.
If it comes to pass, Yashin will smile and say all the right
things, like he did yesterday.
"I don't need a letter," he said. "The guys in the room and the
fans know who's working hard. It doesn't matter whether I'm an assistant
or not. I know what I have to do. I have to do the best for my team."
But it does matter.
What will be more telling today, should Yashin emerge with an
"A", is what is not said.
The significance of an "A" on No. 19's shoulder today won't be
in it being bestowed by club management, but in Yashin's accepting it
He won't talk about it, but there is no doubt Yashin was deeply
hurt and left feeling slighted when he was passed over as an alternate
captain last year. He saw Daniel Alfredsson, who had been here a year less
than he, given an "A".
In the minds of Senators management, Yashin wasn't ready, or,
in the harshest interpretation, didn't deserve an "A" last season.
It would be human nature, after being hurt like that, to be bitter.
The "A" on the shoulder that you thought had been rightfully
earned would be replaced by a chip.
It would be easy this season, after being approached by management,
to turn down an "A".
If you weren't worthy of it last year, why now?
To turn it down for those reasons would be a self-satisfying,
but selfish decision.
Accepting it would be the smart thing to do.
Like Yashin said, you have to do what's best for your team.
An "A" on a player's shoulder signifies a leader, an overused
word in today's hockey world if there ever was one. It represents an individual,
who, for a variety of reasons, perhaps experience, perhaps skill, perhaps
sheer force of will, is held up as an example for his teammates.
Above all, it represents an individual who puts the good of the
team before personal good, interests or goals.
With this business behind him and his rightful place on the team
now officially recognized, the path is clear for Yashin to assert himself
If you're a Senators' fan, be happy and hang on for the ride.
If you're Ron Tugnutt, grab another bag of ice.
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