The final barrier isn't in front of the Russians but above them, a red ceiling that has kept them—and other Europeans—from becoming NHL head coaches and general managers. But that obstacle will fall too. Write it down, like a Mike Smith quote: In three years, 10 years, whenever, a Russian will be a head coach. When that happens, he'll stare into a camera after a loss and moan that his players didn't stick to the system, that they were outworked along the wall, that they ran into a hot goalie. When he spews the clich�s, he'll do it in an accent so gentle the NHL will have trouble remembering what all the fuss was about.