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Espo In Russia?

What folows is a rough translation of Phil Esposito being asked if he would have an interest in coaching the Russian National Team. Is it tongue-in-cheek? from Sovsport.ru,
- Phil, Team Russia seek a coach. If you get the offer , would you accept this position ? - No doubts. Who is responsible for this appointment? Tretiak? - Yes, Vladislav Tretiak. - Tell him make me an offer which I couldn't refuse. - Do you really ready to go to Russia, live in Russia and coach Team Russia ? - After appointment- I do. Definitely. It would be a my job! So ... I agree to coach Team Russia so ...tell Tretiak the news! - What will be your first steps? Whatever composition you did collect? - I know accurately - [Ovechkin] and [Malkin] would enter into my command. Let us have a talk on the rest, when me is appointed to this post. - You are ready to go into Russia, to live in our country and to train composite? - If would happen designation - I would go. Certainly, yes. The same would be my work… On the whole, my agreement I give. Now word after [Tretyakom]. - What you have relation to the fact that [Tretyak] did head [FKHR] and it does sit in the State Duma? They could occur 1972- m that Vladislav will become large state person? - I will answer by a question a question. But who could occur 1972- m that I to camp by the general manager of new hockey command in Florida - I do speak about “[Tampe]”? I know that [Tretyak] successfully works at the state posts. Successes to it. - As you do relate to the fact that Russia does reject to enter the agreement between [IIKHF] and [NKHL]? - This is bad for the hockey. Why not to sign agreement with the best league of peace - [NKHL]? Each player must have the right to appear in [NKHL]. No one forbids to Canadian and American hockey players to play in Russia; therefore there must not be prohibition, also, in the opposite direction. - Famous journalist [Red] Fischer in the interview “SS” noted that the best matches in its career Of [fil] [Espozito] conducted into [Superserii]-72. They are agreeable? - In no case! I drove in 76 heads in 1971! And after this Fischer it does laugh to assert that my best matches were against the Russians 1972- m? In my opinion he simply very old person forgets some details (it laughs).
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the and the translation help...

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