Kovalchuk in NHL: he explained why he will not play in North America in season-2017/18 [subtitles]

Kovalchuk in NHL: he explained why he will not play in North America in season-2017/18 [subtitles]


– Negotiations with SKA was easy. We agreed quick. – On the Ovechkin’s wedding? – No, before that. – How was the wedding? – A lot of fun, newlyweds are beautiful, parents are happy. That is the main. – What was wrong with New Jersey? – Nothing. I didn’t negotiate with New Jersey. At the moment when I found out that NHL players will not participate in Olympics, I told my agent: I will go to St. Petersburg for a year. Negotiations with SKA started in the end of June. – Devils GM Ray Shero told you will play in NHL. – A lot of rumours, don’t believe it. I did not speak with somebody. – Why did you sign a contract with SKA only 1-year contract? – Because in my age I need to go year by year. – Will you try to sign in NHL next summer? – It’s better not to propose. Now I need to make a good preparation. This season will be not easy, it’s Olympic season. It will be a lot of games for club, for national team. Need to gather strength and to train well. – How was the body check? – That’s the question to doctors. They allowed me to start preparation – that’s the main thing. My knee is recovered. I’ve been training for five weeks and I haven’t any problems. – What are your main personal goals for the next season? – To win titles in SKA and Team Russia – as many as possible. – It will be more difficult without Shipachev and Dadonov? – They are masterful guys, but they chose another way. Good luck to them. We will hope that they can do their best in NHL. They will come to national team and help like it was. – Do you have a hope that NHL players, Ovechkin, will play in Olympics? – I haven’t any hope. – Did you spoke with him about it? – I can not tell you what we spoke about.

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