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05-27-2011, 09:06 AM
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From Russia with Love- Bob's interview to "Sovetskiy Sport"

My another attempt to translate Bob's interview. As usual, I tried to maintain it close to the original style as possible, so that nothing is "lost in translation".



The Philadelphia Flyers Russian goalkeeper talked about his rookie season in NHL, about his potential competition with Bryzgalov, about team relationship, his life in the USA and future plans.

Q: Was it easy to find the common language with the team?
A: Yes. There were no problems with that. I was treated as one of them from the moment I arrived, as if I had been playing there for 5 years. Everyone supported me and helped me. They understood that I did not speak any English. Explained to me where and how to get to the team meetings, because everyone gets there themselves. There is no team bus- you are given an address and you need to get there. The team mates helped me, gave me rides. Everyone would ask how I would get there, offered help. Everything was great in communication with the guys.

Q: What is the main difference in the training regimen in Russia and NHL?
A: The training workload is not as demanding as in Russia. You are treated as professional in the NHL- you have to get yourself ready. 20-30 minutes of intensive work on ice and that’s it. Weight room as you wish. The proposed task is written on the board, you can do it if you want, or skip it if you don’t.

Q: Are there any “punishments” built into the system?
A: I have not noticed that someone had been punished. Everyone is professional and everything is built on trust and respect. Nobody shows up drunk to the training sessions.

Q: Is it stated in a contract that the team has to reach play offs and a certain place?
A: No, it’s not. By the way, we are not getting paid during play offs. All the monies are paid during the regular season. After the end of the playoffs TV pays some dividends that are shared with entire league.

Q: Did you come to the NHL at the right time?
All in time. Everything worked out well. Plus they had issues with goalies in Philadelphia. So my time was perfect. I was given a chance. In general the situation is much different there, different people around you. Everything more professional, aimed at the cup. Aimed at development.

Q: How did you feel yourself in the USA in comparison with Russia?
A: They have different living conditions, roads are better. In one word- it’s good there. I would not say it’s bad in Russia. It’s good here, but it also good there. I did not experience any discomfort. Everything was great.

Q: What caused such a circus with the goalies during play offs?
A: May be, it’s my fault to some extent. I was trusted; I was given a chance… I started it all.

Q: When are you returning to Philadelphia?
A: I will be returning on August 20. And will get ready. I am in Novokuznetsk now and will rest and do nothing. I will go to rest at the sea shore later. Will train in the weight room, ice training will start in Philadelphia.

Q: Have someone from the Russian national team contacted you during the season?
A: No. Vladislav Aleksandrovich Tretijak called once in the middle of the season. But it was just an introduction nothing concrete.

Q: How is your communication with journalists in Philadelphia? (Philly writers are known even in Siberia CSKA)
A: You are obligated to talk to them. It’s part of the job. But I was not spoiled with their attention since I do not speak English. In general, the group of journalist would always be there, even after practices. I tried not to read sport press.

Q: How does a player interact with a coach?
A: We are all equal there. Communicate very informally We joke and call the coach Lavi. It’s different than in Russia.

Q: What do you think about Bryzgalov playing on your team?
A: That’s life. If he is signed- he is signed. Should I quit hockey now? (smiling). I will play with him if he signs.

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Thank you CSKA! I love reading these and appreciate the time it takes to translate the articles for us.

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Q: Are there any “punishments” built into the system?
A: I have not noticed that someone had been punished. Everyone is professional and everything is built on trust and respect. Nobody shows up drunk to the training sessions.
Well, there goes some of the arguments against Richards.

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Haha. Why do I picture Ivan Drago right now. "If he dies, he dies"!

If he is signed- he is signed

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Q: What caused such a circus with the goalies during play offs?
A: May be, it’s my fault to some extent. I was trusted; I was given a chance… I started it all.


Q: What do you think about Bryzgalov playing on your team?
A: That’s life. If he is signed- he is signed. Should I quit hockey now? (smiling). I will play with him if he signs.
These two quotes are interesting...

The first seems to show more of his insecurity supposedly in the playoffs.

The second...well, it's a double-edged sword for me. On one hand it's great that he wants to be #1, and compete to be in that position. On the other, I wonder if he's too impatient to work as a backup/AHL.

Course, i'm being the bored offseason fan, looking way too far into things.

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Q: When are you returning to Philadelphia?
A: I will be returning on August 20. And will get ready. I am in Novokuznetsk now and will rest and do nothing. I will go to rest at the sea shore later. Will train in the weight room, ice training will start in Philadelphia.
Looks like he's getting he's been getting advice on how to improve his game in the offseason from Carter.

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I love this kid. I hope his English improves so we can get to know him better. Thanks for translating!

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Looks like he's getting he's been getting advice on how to improve his game in the offseason from Carter.
I realize this is meant to be sarcastic but that's how some people look at that. Get real. They go thru one of the longest seasons in all of professional sports working out training and then playing constantly. Is it so bad that they get to heal up for 2 or 3 months before they do it all over again

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Thank you CSKA! I love reading these and appreciate the time it takes to translate the articles for us.

Well, there goes some of the arguments against Richards.
He didn't preclude 'hangovers,' he just referred to actual intoxication, although we may need a further clarification of the translation...

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hahaha, these are always awesome reads.

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I love this kid. I hope his English improves so we can get to know him better. Thanks for translating!
I do too. I hope he didn't put all the blame for playoffs on himself, although it sounds as though he's taking a lot of responsibility for it.

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He didn't preclude 'hangovers,' he just referred to actual intoxication, although we may need a further clarification of the translation...
True enough!

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I do too. I hope he didn't put all the blame for playoffs on himself, although it sounds as though he's taking a lot of responsibility for it.



True enough!
I hope not. He needs to read Pronger's interview if he does.

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I hope not. He needs to read Pronger's interview if he does.
Well, it takes balls to take personal reponsibility and not spread the blame around (especially to a foreign newspaper).

I also perceived this interview as his explanations of the differences in systems/ attitudes between Russian and NA hockey. He continued to stress the words "professional, trust and respect" throughout the interview.

It amazes me personally, that some things never change in Russia.

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Our roads are better too.

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Our roads are better too.
You bet:


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You bet:
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And this is a Federal Highway
No joke?

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No joke?
Not really. It is a federal highway, but, probably, way East in Sibiria.

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thx for your work cska!

nice inteview to read

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Thanks for this. I love Bob! I hope he develops well over the next year or two and becomes the #1 goaltender I'm sure many Flyer fans think/hope he can be.

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Thanks CSKA, great as usual!!!

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Q: What caused such a circus with the goalies during play offs?
A: May be, it’s my fault to some extent. I was trusted; I was given a chance… I started it all.
This statement actually lends a little credence to my thought that he said something to Reese about not being ready, or being tired, or something. The goalie situation got strange fast, and there had to be some reason for it.

I really like the interview though, and I love his professional attitude. I guess it's time for a Bobrovsky jersey.

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I realize this is meant to be sarcastic but that's how some people look at that. Get real. They go thru one of the longest seasons in all of professional sports working out training and then playing constantly. Is it so bad that they get to heal up for 2 or 3 months before they do it all over again
Please. The season's been over for them long enough for some bumps and bruises to heal. It's time to start up the dryland training regimen and start studying some past mistakes and learn to correct some issues. The beach isn't going to make them better hockey players. Rest up for 2 or 3 months? Psh, then you're already behind the 8 ball.

There's no room for time at the beach with alcohol and floozies. Get to work, Bob.

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Really appreciate you taking the time to translate this article for us ! Bob is a good guy, looking forward to watching the lad as he progresses along in his career with the Flyers.

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It seemed like many of those questions were an attempt to stir up some sort of controversial answer. Bob handled it pretty well

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It seemed like many of those questions were an attempt to stir up some sort of controversial answer. Bob handled it pretty well
I suspect that he was interviewed by his girlfriend.

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