Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Win an SI trip to the Olympic Games Click here to vote
Click here to vote

CNN Time Free Email US Sports Baseball Pro Football College Football 1999 NBA Playoffs College Basketball Hockey Golf Plus Tennis Soccer Motorsports Womens More Inside Game Scoreboards World
EVENTS
PGA Championship
NFL Preview
College Football Preview
Century's Best
Swimsuit '99

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
 This Week's Issue
 Previous Issues
 Special Features
 Life of Reilly
 Frank Deford
 Subscriber Services
 SI for Women
Try 4 Free Trial Issues

AD PARTNERS


CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Multimedia Central
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Teams
 Cities

FEATURES
 Trivia Blitz
 Free Email

TELEVISION
 CNN/SI - TV
 Turner Sports

SHOPPING
 CNN/SI Travel
 Golf Pro Shop
 Soccer Gear Store
 NFL Gear Store

SI FOR KIDS
 Sports Parents
 Free Trial Issue
 Games
 Buzz World
 Shorter Reporter

SITE RESOURCES
 myCNN
 Contents
 Feedback
 Help
 Search
 Jobs
 
Hockey

Hockey Scores & Recaps Standings Stats Teams Matchups Players Minors College Juniors SI Almanac

Bruins renounce Khristich

Winger will have to try his luck on open market

Click here for more on this story

Posted: Wednesday August 18, 1999 01:17 AM

  Dmitri Khristich Dmitri Khristich had a plus-11 with the Bruins last season. Brian Babineau/Allsport

BOSTON (AP) -- If Dmitri Khristich is really worth $3.5 million a year, as he claimed in arbitration, the offers should start rolling in.

The Bruins forward -- make that former Bruins forward -- became a free agent on Tuesday when the team chose to walk away from an arbitration award for $2.8 million.

It's the first time an NHL club has taken advantage of the "walkaway" rights negotiated as part of the collective bargaining agreement that ended the 1994-95 lockout. They give a team the ability to reject a limited number of arbitration decisions in exchange for giving the player his freedom.

"This was put in to handle what people refer to as a runaway decision, like a runaway judge," Bruins general manager Harry Sinden said. "In case that happens, you had to have some way out."

But in the four arbitration seasons since then, no team had chosen to let a player go without compensation, according to NHL spokesman Frank Brown.

Sinden said the team offered Khristich a contract at last year's salary of $1.95 million, but he asked the arbitrator for $3.5 million. Khristich's agent, Larry Kelly, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Bruins retain the right to match for any contract Khristich signs that is less than 80 percent of the $2.8 million arbitration award, or $2,240,000.

"We strongly disagree with the arbitrator's assessment that Dmitri is a $2.8 million player," Sinden said. "We had a player almost triple his salary in two years. It just didn't add up."

The Bruins tried to trade Khristich during the 72 hours allotted for a decision but found no one willing to take on the $2.8 million salary, either. That left Sinden, who had been active in negotiations during the lockout and a vocal opponent of rising player salaries, to make the ground-breaking move.

"I didn't have that in mind, I can tell you that," he said. "The way teams conduct their business is none of my business."

Khristich made $1 million in 1997-98 before winning a $1.95 million arbitration award last season, when he scored 29 goals and had 41 assists. In a nine-year NHL career, the 30-year-old left wing from Kiev, Ukraine, has scored 225 goals with 282 assists for a total of 507 points.

In a news release announcing their decision, the Bruins noted that Khristich's production tailed off from 18 goals in the first half of last season to 11 in the second half. Sinden had also been critical of his performance in the playoffs, when he had three goals and four assists in 12 games.

Sinden left open a slim possibility that Khristich would return to the Bruins for a lower salary. Otherwise, the team is prepared to enter the season with the forwards it has; the Bruins signed Dave Andreychuk as a free agent earlier this summer.

"We may not get all the way there with Andreychuk," he said. "But we feel like we've got plenty of forwards. We feel in a position to replace Dmitri on the team so the team doesn't get hurt."


 
Related information
Stories
Arbitrator's decision may be too much for B's
Multimedia
Click here for the latest audio and video
Specials
On the run? Sign up now for your FREE CNN/SI E-mail account.
The NFL is back. Get your team gear at store.cnnsi.com!
Try 4 Free Trial Issues
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day

Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

Copyright 1999 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.



To the top

Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.