I think so. This is what today's article in Sport-Express by Andrei Kuznetsov says:
25-year-old defenseman Andrei Zubarev from Ufa was known to his fans only before the game vs. Magnitogorsk. Now the entire hockey world knows him. His body check against Malkin (in the brand style of Darius Kasparaitis!) has already became the hit on the internet.That's right, all you need is a low check on Ovi and you will get total recognition in North America and maybe a contract in post lockout time. And you don't have to be 6'3" 240 lbs, even a small guy can do it.
Russian mentality is totally different than the Western one, it's about "expropriating the rich" and making everyone equal. That led to the Russian revolution in 1917 after which some became more equal than others.
Andrei Kuznetsov continues:
Hockey world in any league is self-contained and extremely jealous. More than seven hundred players of the KHL league are well aware about ten-digit amounts in the contracts of the top stars. Moreover 90 percent of those more than seven hundred players know that they are not destined to be in the center of attention, it will be Ovechkin and co.Alright, Ovi, you will be hunted there by your own countrymen. Be careful, save some for C-A-P-S.
Such inequalities make many openly angry. To hear this, talk without the recorder with any player from the Russian national team. And you will be assured that they are puzzled by the fact that it was a team work to win the World Championship gold in Quebec, Bern or Stockholm/Helsinki, but everyone only remembers the legendary Kovalchuk's two goal play or superplay by Malkin.
First KHL game vs. Minsk Dynamo.
Ovi's gold shoelaces are back (he had white ones at the first morning skate). And he still has red'n'white Capitals gloves.
Thanks to Andrey Degtyarenko for the link: http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/egorytch_foto/367574.html