Strange what is going on with this guy. He all of a sudden, out of the blue took off - as we all know the story (actually we probably know VERY little of whats going on). But I wonder what made him say/think I'm going to leave today. I agree that it is unfair that Military service is a hit or miss thing. Why didn't Kovalchuk finish his military service? If he doesn't have to why should Nikolai? What kind of effect does this have on him playing for the Russians in a month? As a Canadian I'll say that I'd LOVE to see him not on the team as he probably would have been their captain and first line RWer.