There's no guarantee how much immersion he gets...probably watches a lot of Russian tv, has a Russian wife, translator on the team, ect.
Lots of people in America live here and never become English speakers.
OK, apart from the wife thing, these are all factors he can control. I imagine he's spending quite a lot of time with his teammates, so there's that. If he invested a measly hour daily to study English with a good tutor, would that be too much to ask for?
Originally Posted by Tim Tebow
Didn't it take Joni Pitkanen about 2-3 years before anyone understood him?
I don't know. Did he speak to the media, though, and at least try like the aforementioned Malkin?