John Muckler is pissed right now. 3 of the 5 major players that he brought in prior to last season have been dispatched by new bossman Bryan Murray. First it was Tom Preissing getting bitter and going to L.A., then Comrie and his gal pal Hilary Duff heading to the Island. Now Saprykin is going to Russia despite being offered good money to stay by Muckler just seconds before he was shitcanned by Eugene Melnyk. The only two Muckler players left (not counting Dany Heatley - great move Mucks) are Joe Corvo and Martin "Forgot How To Play" Gerber and you can bet that Murray will move them the first chance he gets.
Saprykin was actually a good little player but Murray didn't really use him properly. He brought some speed and spunk whenever he saw the ice but he was doomed in Bytown when an entire city exclaimed along with Ottawa Sun writer Chris Stevenson - "Oleg Freakin Saprykin?". Ottawa fans thought they were getting Gary Roberts until Florida GM Jacques "Mr. Personality" Martin put the kibosh on it. Saprykin just seemed very unglamorous at the time. At least his nickname will live on in infamy in this town.
Bonus Trivia: Saprykin wore number 91 in his first morning skate with the Sens. When told that it was Alexandre Daigle's old number, he wisely switched to 81 after that.