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great Yak's interview to Sport-Express

http://www.sport-express.ru/newspape...2_2/?view=page

can anyone translate?

MOD EDIT: Thanks Blunderbore!

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here, i translated the article for you. i hope that it's a bit better than Google's attempt.

How's your summer been?

Great so far! I have rested well, both physically and mentally. But i've been working meahwhile, I started my preseason as early as during my vacation, which I had spent in Turkey with my friends.

Are Edmonton coaches looking over your summer workout schedule?

Yes, i've been handed a personal preparation plan in spring already. I'm keeping to it; I can't cheat myself, there were no omissions. I'm going to start ice training in Detroit.

Isn't it a bit early for this? NHL season isn't starting before October.

Well, everyone in the NHL starts working out by themselves good month or more before training camps are opening, and everybody has personal coaches. In KHL people are used to getting together and starting to work afterwards, while overseas things are more often done individually.
I'm going to work on ice under my agent prof. Igor Larionov's supervision, and i'll have another man for the rest of training. That'll be through August, and i'm looking forward to report to camp in September well prepared.

The roster for Russian National team's Olympic camp has been issued recently, how did you find out that you've been named to the 35 name list?

My friend read the news and called me, then I checked the roster online. Sure I was excited, like any ambitious player would be. I used to watch the Olympics on TV as a kid, and now I have a chance to play there myself! Well, to be exact, it's just that my name is on the list so far, and the upcoming season is going to be huge for me. I have got plenty things to prove, and I must get on with it right from the beginning.

Were you surprised that you'd been included in the list?

Well, if they named me there, that means that i'm already worth something! I'm eager to prove that it is rightfully so, that I'm worthy to play alongside our stars. Just like any player, not only Russian ones.

Don't you bear grudge against the NT coaches who weren't even considering you for the Worlds roster mere three months ago?


There were never bad blood between me and any coach. There's management who is in charge of these things, they are coming up with the rosters. I'm not in position to judge them, I won't comment on how much you have to practice, you just have to wait for your chance. As a fan of our National team I always followed its games though, and even more now, after I have played and worked with some of our star players. Knowing them, I felt for them even stronger.

Two of your Edmonton teammates, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, were invited to Canada's Olympic camp. Have you contacted them already?

Sure. Coincidentally we have same difficulties. Because of complex situation with insurance both our teams, just like the Americans, won't be able to have a full-scale training camp in August. There's nothing the players can do with this though, there are people in charge of organizational issues, we are going to act according to what they say.

You sure had something to think about after your first NHL season. Have you already had a grasp on what fields are you going to have to improve in, what to fix and tweak?

I'm trying to improve every day. It's my life, I have to learn and make conclusions all the time if I want to become something, and it's true for everything, not just hockey.

Oilers have just drafted Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Slepyshev. Have they approached you for advice yet?

I talked to my fellow Nizhnekamsk boy Bogdan before draft, then I congratulated him, but we hadn't enough time for anything more yet. He is a strong kid, immensely physical. He and Anton have worked in the rookie camp, but both will start the season in Russia.

Were you surprised with Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to return to Russia?

Honestly, I was shocked. Every player has his own circumstances, every situation is unique, so we shouldn't put judgement on Ilya. Sure I'm not even thinking about ending my NHL career yet, it's just started, while Ilya is an established star player. Entire NHL teams are built around players like himself, Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk, just like other stars - Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Czechs. They are immense characters!

What teammates you regard as stars?

Nikolai Khabibulin, though he has unfortunately left us for the Blackhawks. He was the most experienced and celebrated Oilers' player.

American media has recently passed news about the possibility of Oilers trading you, they think that Edmonton's management is going to add experienced players in expense of their younger talent. Were you unsettled over this gossip?

Trades in the NHL are just business. You can be traded any day, so I'm always prepared for it. The thing is though that I really want to be an Oilers player for a very long time. I love everything there - the town, the arena, the fans, the team, the board, the staff. That's why I hope that trades won't involve me.


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- Not so long ago, North America was a wave of rumors about your possible exchange of "Edmonton", whose leadership through the exchange of talented young people want to join the ranks of the team more experienced players. Do not unnerved by this talk?

- Exchanges in the NHL - it's business. Such a thing can happen any day, so I am always ready to exchange. That's just really want to play in Edmonton for a long time. I love everything - the city, the stadium, the fans, the team, the management, the people working at the club. So I hope to avoid the transfer.
This is through Google Translate. God bless ye, Yakupov.

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Here is the terrible google translation. You can get the gist of it.

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- What a great summer?

- Excellent! I managed to physically and mentally relax. But mostly combined with relaxation sessions. Slowly began to prepare for the season back in Turkey, where the vacationing with friends.

- Coaches "Edmonton" control the course of your summer activities?

- I have an individual training plan for the season, issued in the spring. And I'm doing it well. Myself, I am certainly not cheating, so there was no flaws. In Detroit, the same will continue to ice workout.

- Not too early? NHL Regular season starts only after two months.

- So after all the NHL begin to prepare yourself for the season over the last month and a half before the opening of training camps, clubs, and all the ocean has personal trainers. This is the CHL team is going in full force and starts to prepare. In America, all individually.

On the ice in Detroit will be engaged under the guidance of his agent, Professor Igor Larionov. On the ground, the same with me going to work another specialist. And so the whole of August. But in September, hope to come to a club camp is already well prepared.

- A few days ago the Russian national team coaching staff announced the expanded list of candidates for the Olympic team. How did you know that in the "list of 35" and have your name?

- A friend found out - and immediately rang the bell. After that, I myself made sure of this fact, having carefully studied the composition of the collections on the Internet. Of course, very happy - however, like any other ambitious player. Since my childhood I watched the Olympic Games only on TV, but there is a chance to play himself.

Although there is not. More precisely, my name is present in the extended list of candidates to participate in the Olympics. So the upcoming season will be very important - I have to prove a lot of things. Moreover, from the beginning of the season.

- Surprised that they were in "a list of 35"?

- If I was included in the expanded list, it means that I'm worth something. I want to prove the correctness of that choice. And I'm ready to play next to our stars. Like every normal hockey player, not only Russian.

- No offense to the national team coaches, who three months ago did not even consider your candidacy during the formation of the Russian team at the World Cup?

- I never took offense at coaches. There is a guide, there are coaches, and they decide who to invite to the national team. I can not judge how much to exercise, you just need to wait for his chance. But as a fan I always watched the matches of the national team, especially since some of our stars playing together and trained. Knowing them, very worried about the national team.

I LEARN EVERY DAY

- Two of your partner "Edmonton" - forwards Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall - hit the extended list of candidates for the Canadian Olympic team. Already talked to them?

- Of course. It is interesting that the problems we have in common. Because of the ambiguity with insurances in August will not be able to conduct a full-fledged ice dues nor our Olympic team, no Canadian or American. So after all of the players here do not depend on, there are people who deal with organizational issues. As they say, are we going to do.

- At the end of the first season in the NHL you will surely have made them any conclusions. You know where you need to add that to correct and adjust?

- Every day I add. It is a life in which, if you want to achieve something, you need to study all the time, make conclusions for themselves. By the way, not only in hockey.

- In the summer, "Edmonton" drafted forwards Anton Slepysheva and Bogdan Yakimov. They've already asked you advice?

- Before the NHL Draft spoke with Bogdan close range. I congratulated countryman, but the time for greater communication was not. Yakimov - very strong, healthy guy. Both he and Slepyshev worked in the camp newcomers, but the upcoming season will start in Russia.

DECISION Kovalchuk was bowled

- Are you surprised by the decision 30-year-old star of "New Jersey" by Ilya Kovalchuk's return home from the NHL in Russia?

- To be honest, surprised. Even shocked. Each player has their own circumstances, its own life, you can not judge Kovalchuk - it's his choice. I have something, of course, do not even think while finishing his career in the NHL, it has only just begun ... And Kovalchuk - a very good player. At such as he is, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, the whole game is based NHL teams. As, of course, and on other stars - Canadian, American, Swedish, Czech. Pleased that Russian hockey fans in America go, because our guys make the game. They - a huge figure!

- Which of your teammates can name the stars?

- Nikolai Khabibulin, though, alas, he was already gone, recently signed a contract with "Chicago Blackhawks". It was the most experienced player and the famous "Edmonton".

- Not so long ago, North America was a wave of rumors about your possible exchange of "Edmonton", whose leadership through the exchange of talented young people want to join the ranks of the team more experienced players. Do not unnerved by this talk?

- Exchanges in the NHL - it's business. Such a thing can happen any day, so I am always ready to exchange. That's just really want to play in Edmonton for a long time. I love everything - the city, the stadium, the fans, the team, the management, the people working at the club. So I hope to avoid the transfer.

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Did he mean trade when it translates to Exchange?

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There was a lot more info in this interview than the typical one.

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Did he mean trade when it translates to Exchange?
Don't worry bout it. The fact that the Oilers have started to build a Russian contingency says that they plan to build around Yak every bit as much as the plan to build around Hall/RNH/Eberle.

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Don't worry bout it. The fact that the Oilers have started to build a Russian contingency says that they plan to build around Yak every bit as much as the plan to build around Hall/RNH/Eberle.
Still wish they drafted Nichushkin, for that exact reason

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here, i translated the article for you. i hope that it's a bit better than Google's attempt.

How's your summer been?

Great so far! I have rested well, both physically and mentally. But i've been working meahwhile, I started my preseason as early as during my vacation, which I had spent in Turkey with my friends.

Are Edmonton coaches looking over your summer workout schedule?

Yes, i've been handed a personal preparation plan in spring already. I'm keeping to it; I can't cheat myself, there were no omissions. I'm going to start ice training in Detroit.

Isn't it a bit early for this? NHL season isn't starting before October.

Well, everyone in the NHL starts working out by themselves good month or more before training camps are opening, and everybody has personal coaches. In KHL people are used to getting together and starting to work afterwards, while overseas things are more often done individually.
I'm going to work on ice under my agent prof. Igor Larionov's supervision, and i'll have another man for the rest of training. That'll be through August, and i'm looking forward to report to camp in September well prepared.

The roster for Russian National team's Olympic camp has been issued recently, how did you find out that you've been named to the 35 name list?

My friend read the news and called me, then I checked the roster online. Sure I was excited, like any ambitious player would be. I used to watch the Olympics on TV as a kid, and now I have a chance to play there myself! Well, to be exact, it's just that my name is on the list so far, and the upcoming season is going to be huge for me. I have got plenty things to prove, and I must get on with it right from the beginning.

Were you surprised that you'd been included in the list?

Well, if they named me there, that means that i'm already worth something! I'm eager to prove that it is rightfully so, that I'm worthy to play alongside our stars. Just like any player, not only Russian ones.

Don't you bear grudge against the NT coaches who weren't even considering you for the Worlds roster mere three months ago?


There were never bad blood between me and any coach. There's management who is in charge of these things, they are coming up with the rosters. I'm not in position to judge them, I won't comment on how much you have to practice, you just have to wait for your chance. As a fan of our National team I always followed its games though, and even more now, after I have played and worked with some of our star players. Knowing them, I felt for them even stronger.

Two of your Edmonton teammates, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, were invited to Canada's Olympic camp. Have you contacted them already?

Sure. Coincidentally we have same difficulties. Because of complex situation with insurance both our teams, just like the Americans, won't be able to have a full-scale training camp in August. There's nothing the players can do with this though, there are people in charge of organizational issues, we are going to act according to what they say.

You sure had something to think about after your first NHL season. Have you already had a grasp on what fields are you going to have to improve in, what to fix and tweak?

I'm trying to improve every day. It's my life, I have to learn and make conclusions all the time if I want to become something, and it's true for everything, not just hockey.

Oilers have just drafted Bogdan Yakimov and Anton Slepyshev. Have they approached you for advice yet?

I talked to my fellow Nizhnekamsk boy Bogdan before draft, then I congratulated him, but we hadn't enough time for anything more yet. He is a strong kid, immensely physical. He and Anton have worked in the rookie camp, but both will start the season in Russia.

Were you surprised with Ilya Kovalchuk's decision to return to Russia?

Honestly, I was shocked. Every player has his own circumstances, every situation is unique, so we shouldn't put judgement on Ilya. Sure I'm not even thinking about ending my NHL career yet, it's just started, while Ilya is an established star player. Entire NHL teams are built around players like himself, Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk, just like other stars - Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Czechs. They are immense characters!

What teammates you regard as stars?

Nikolai Khabibulin, though he has unfortunately left us for the Blackhawks. He was the most experienced and celebrated Oilers' player.

American media has recently passed news about the possibility of Oilers trading you, they think that Edmonton's management is going to add experienced players in expense of their younger talent. Were you unsettled over this gossip?

Trades in the NHL are just business. You can be traded any day, so I'm always prepared for it. The thing is though that I really want to be an Oilers player for a very long time. I love everything there - the town, the arena, the fans, the team, the board, the staff. That's why I hope that trades won't involve me.

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Very well spoken guy without the language barrier. Love Yak hope he's an Oiler for a really long time.

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Very well spoken guy without the language barrier. Love Yak hope he's an Oiler for a really long time.
The passion transcends his language barriers, you can totally pick up his love for the game, his teammates and winning. I agree though it's nice to see how well-spoken and genuine he is when he doesn't have to fumble through the English language. As he gets better at speaking English I think he'll become one of the most popular Oilers, if not the most popular.

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here, i translated the article for you. i hope that it's a bit better than Google's attempt.



What teammates you regard as stars?

Nikolai Khabibulin, though he has unfortunately left us for the Blackhawks. He was the most experienced and celebrated Oilers' player.
Ryan Smyth is gunna be pissed

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Props to Blunderbore for the clearer paraphrasing of the interview. You've done this a number of times for us, and I for one appreciate it greatly.

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A friend found out - and immediately rang the bell.
This was my favorite Google translate part.

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language isnt a problem, it's just fine, he speaks better English than a lot of relatives an friends I know that we're born and raised here,

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How can anyone not like the guy? I hope he's an Oiler for a long time


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nice read, thanks for the translation blunderbore.

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This was my favorite Google translate part.
I get a real kick out of Google translate sometimes.

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That was a nice interview. Thanks to the op for digging it up and to Blunderbore for the translation. Nice to see Yak giving Khabibulin some props.

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Whenever you hear Yak speak English, think of it like this. His English is better than our Russian.

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Good stuff. Thank you for posting and the translation, much appreciated.

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