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Russia An Adventure For Barry Smith

from Slap Shot at the New York Times,

Here are more excerpts from the interview SKA St. Petersburg coach Barry Smith gave the Russian TV network Sportelekanal.

Q: If we recognize that the Superliga lags considerably behind the NHL, then is it right to say that your coming to Russia is a step backward?

A: No. If this was true, then I never would have come. Russia is a test, an adventure. Before coming to SKA I worked in Phoenix with Wayne Gretzky. And I will not say that it was the best time in my career. We didn’t have a good roster of players, and the organization was not at the proper level. And it was time-consuming just getting everything with the club into synch.

more from Barry…

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