Zhitnik confident about contract //
By MELISSA GESCHWIND
News Sports Reporter
Alexei Zhitnik <../../../players/zitnik.html> returned to the ice
at the Pepsi Center in Amherst Tuesday, eager to skate and optimistic that
he will be under contract in time to report for his team physical next
"Nobody wants to hold out," said Zhitnik, a restricted free agent who
does not have a contract for next season. "I prefer to start training camp
on Day One. You
never know what's going to happen, but we're working to sign a deal
Zhitnik's agent, Serge Levin, has lopped a few dollars off his original
request of $4 million a year for the defenseman, but the agent remains
frustrated with Buffalo's
evaluation of Zhitnik's worth.
"We discuss only the offensive situation about Alex Zhitnik," Levin
said Tuesday. "If he would play with an offensive team - a real offensive
team, like Dallas or, of
course, Colorado - he would get many more points. . . . The tactics
of (the Sabres) are much more defensive."
Levin seems fixated on the Sabres' comparison of Zhitnik with New York
Islanders power-play specialist Roman Hamrlik, a middling defensive player
is set to make $2.8 million next season. But Sabres General Manager
Darcy Regier said that the team compares Zhitnik with more players than
"You could actually set Roman Hamrlik aside if you choose to," he said.
"We're not just focused on the offense.
"Obviously, we place an awful lot of value on Alex."
The sides will have a chance to clear up any misunderstandings when
Levin meets with Sabres negotiators Monday. Meanwhile, Levin allowed that
not in line for a team-high $4 million next season.
"It probably should be a little less, but we will talk about the bonus
situation," Levin said. "He has to prove, and he wants to prove, (his worth)."
"We came down, they came up a little bit," Zhitnik said. "We'll try
to find a compromise so everybody's happy."
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что не люблю команды, претендующие на вторые роли" // "Спорт-Экспресс"
9 декабря. “Барсы” добавляют в свои ряды Алексея Житника.
22 сентября. Оригинальный Житник. Знаменитый ветеран
во время локаута будет играть в необычной лиге с упрощенными правилами
// "Советский Спорт"
1 июля. Житник будет искать счастья на рынке свободных
16 марта. Житник пропустит все оставшиеся матчи сезона.
9 марта. Алексей Житник: "Меня продают уже два года"
2 марта. This time, Zhitnik hopes trade winds don't
blow him away - Buffalonews.com
4 февраля. Zhitnik deserves high praise - buffalonews.com