May 15, 2013
Roman Cervenka was a risk worth taking for Calgary Flames
By ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka made headlines when they arrived in Calgary prior to the start of the season. Now, it appears Cervenka is packing his bags once again. Photo by Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun.

The Roman Cervenka experiment is all but officially over in Calgary.

It’s safe to say it failed on every front.

That said, it was a risk worth taking.

In fact, a pretty good argument could be made re-signing him might have been prudent had the 27-year-old Czech winger been willing to sign for a number at or below the US$925,000 base he made last year.

In the end, it appears the “right” price came courtesy of SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, which is likely paying him several million more over the next three years via suitcases of unmarked, un-taxable, non-sequential rubles.

See, in Russia he’s a known commodity — a highly sought-after free agent and two-time all-star who led Omsk two years ago with 31 goals in 51 games alongside Jaromir Jagr.


He was known then as, perhaps, the world’s best player outside the NHL.


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