Sushinsky Leaving Wild for Russia
Jan. 09, 2001
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Wild rookie Maxim Sushinsky was granted his request and will be returned to his club team in his native Russia.
The right wing was homesick and unhappy with his lack of playing time, his agent, Gary Greenstin, said Monday.
``I think it was tough for his family to adjust over here,'' general manager Doug Risebrough said. ``It was a tougher adjustment for his family, and it had to have some effect on Maxim. That was the biggest reason.''
The Wild have paid about half of Sushinsky's $400,000 salary this season but are not liable for the rest because he is returning to Russia. The Wild have an option on Sushinsky for next season that must be exercised by July 1.
Wild coach Jacques Lemaire held out Sushinsky in six of the past nine games, although he did play Saturday in a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Lemaire told Sushinsky he was displeased with his practice habits.
Sushinsky had seven goals and four assists in 30 games. He had back-to-back two-goal games on Oct. 15 and 18.
The 26-year-old winger was the Wild's fifth-round draft pick last June. Sushinsky, his wife, Elena, and his 5-year-old daughter will head back to Russia on Wednesday.
Sushinsky will be reassigned to Avangard Omsk in Russia. He plans to play for Russia in the World Cup tournament this year in Germany.