Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/15/11 at 12:38 PM ET
from Ilya Soboley and Ilya Zubko of Rossiyskaya Gazeta,
R.G.: You are now the highest paid goaltender in the NHL. What does money mean to you in general?
I.B.: Money is just paper. Right now they’re predicting a crash in America, and [if that happens] you’re poor. The most important thing in life is knowing what you have and what you can do. If you know how to do something, you’ll always be able to feed yourself and do some kind of work. And there are always people out there who will support your ideas and help you apply your skills and knowledge.
R.G.: You’re now the goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that has traditionally not treated Russians very well. [Player Nikolai] Zherdev complained that they “stifled” him there. Does this bother you?
I.B.: Look, there was Zherdev and [Sergei] Bobrovsky. They speak very well of Bobrovsky. They don’t judge people by their passports, they treat you by how well you do the job they pay you for. They look at how you interact with the team, since it’s a united entity, and at how you behave. And they treat you accordingly. If you’re a good person and do your job, they will love you. If you have some kind of problem, it makes no difference whether you’re a foreigner or not.
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