This is seriously embarrassing. If I were involved with this professional team, I would be completely ashamed of what has taken place in the recent days. On Tuesday, Russian hockey insider Igor Eronko reported that former Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers forward David Desharnais had his contract with KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl terminated.
However, it has now been revealed with Desharnais was fired from the club, and quite honestly, it is one of the most ridiculous thing to happen in the Kontinental Hockey League - and quite frankly, a lot of stupid things have occurred in the league overseas...
When the breaking news report came out, it was a shock. Desharnais had just inked a deal with Lokomotiv earlier this offseason and has yet to even play a game for the team. Eronko added in his report that the decision was made by management.
Andrew Zadarnowski from TSN 690 in Montreal has now revealed that the decision made by management took place because of the most ridiculous mistake made while they scouted Desharnais in the first place. Zadarnowski has reported that according to an article from Sport-Express, "the head coach wasn't made aware that Desharnais was a centre, and just played him on wing where he thought he would fit. The team's managers, upon seeing that Desharnais didn't play well on wing, decided to release him."
Are you serious?
While it appears as though Desharnais will remain in the KHL and sign on with another club, this has to be the stupidest hiring process in the history of hockey. Zadarnowski has confirmed that Desharnais will "most likely" continue in the KHL with Avangard Omsk. However, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl had the balls to say that his play on the wing was "a pity to watch".
Put the guy in the right spot in the first place, no?!
It appears as if Desharnais' NHL career is now officially over at just 31 years old. The native of Laurier-Station, Quebec leaves the NHL with a stellar 87 goals and 282 points in 524 games. While those certainly aren’t eye popping numbers by any means, it does take a remarkable level of skill and determination to play in 500+ NHL games, especially for someone of Desharnais’ stature. The 5’7”, 180 pound forward had a career year in 2011-12 as a member of the Canadiens in which he scored 16 goals and 60 points. Just two years later he managed 16 goals and 52 points. Since then though, his point production has declined steadfastly.
Let's hope he gets back on track overseas after this shocking misadventure...