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Russian National Coach On Malkin

from Sports Express Daily,
Russia head coach Vyacheslav Bykov spoke exclusively to Sport Express about Yevgeni Malkin’s situation. “First of all I would like to have as more information as possible,” told Bykov to Sport Express. “There is no official version from Metallurg Magnitogorsk yet.” “But if Malkin’s departure is a fact, it means the players had a reason for that.” “I don’t want to criticize anybody – the same happened to Mogilny and Fedorov. Both were made villains first, and later became heroes.” “There is only one thing I can’t understand in all this story with Malkin: we live in a free and democratic country and anybody could leave it at any moment.”
continued thanks to a KK reader for the pointer... added 1:54pm, from Sports Illustrated,
The Malkin episode -- more cloak than dagger -- evokes echoes of the good old days of the Cold War when the NHL covertly helped players defect from Soviet-bloc countries. Using a network of immigrants with contacts in the old country, plus bribes, forged documents, fake names and professional people smugglers, the league's underground railroad spirited more than a dozen stars out from behind the Iron Curtain in often life-threatening circumstances.
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