In fairness to sky_fly on this ONE POINT ONLY, Deputat HIMSELF said he split from Davankova because she was too tall for him. She had grown after the picture that has been posted. I believe she is almost 5'6" now. At the start of this season, she was 5'3" which IS how tall Vera is now, but she was and maybe is not done growing. Vera is.
I know sky_fly was already saying Davankova was too tall for him when she was 5'3" and now seems to think this height difference is ideal, which does not compute, and is illogical. However, trying to claim Davankova and Bazarova are currently the same height is just not true.
That was taken in February at Russian junior nationals I think.
And, yet again, how can you dub B/D potentially future World Champions when you haven't even seen them compete, heck even perform?
Also, I seriously question Deputat's ability to be able to grow a creeper moustache like only Trankov can. So already they're at a disadvantage.
Vas/Deputat came 5th at Nationals (40 points behind Bazarova/Larionov), and only 3rd in the Junior competition.
I don't see how Deputat joining Bazarova will magically move him from a Russian Junior bronze medalist to a Russian Senior team that threatens V/T. I mean, they'll have tons of trouble even matching S/K. Look at Vera vs. Ksenia when thrown, for example. It's night and day. And you can bet S/K will start adding in a second triple instead of SBS 2A, making them even harder to surpass.
I don't think Bazarova/Deputat will start beating Stolbova/Klimov. Not yet, anyway. S/K are now firmly Russian pair number 2. But I can imagine that the fight for the third place within Russia would be between Antipova/Maisuradze, Kavaguti/Smirnov, Bazarova/Deputat and Tarasova/Morozov. I know Kavaguti/Smirnov's achievement in the past, but now they missed a season, and the season before they were on decline; their results definitely were not the standard we are used from them. Time is against them; they are getting older and it is getting hard to train. Antipova/Maisuradze are on the rise, but I am sot sure whether she went through puberty yet. Also, if you noticed, the last season in some competitions they were doing only side by side doubles. Although at worlds they did triples, I think there may have been some jump problems. Maybe temporary ones, or maybe the problems are still there. So while I don't think that Bazarova/Deputat will be threat to V/T and S/K, I could see them unexpectedly grab the third spot to Europeans or worlds. But the same can be also said about Tarasova-Morozov(grabbing the third spot).