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‘Roughly Translated’: Alexey Marchenko talks about his contract, the World Cup and Datsyuk

Via Sport-Express, Alexey Marchenko spoke with the TASS news agency, and here's a rough translation of his interview:

Hockey: Marchenko said that the negotiations regarding his new contract with Detroit passed quickly

"In June, it was clear that there was a contract that could be signed and I didn't think about it," said the athlete.

Rustam Sharafutdinov/TASS: Negotiations on a new contract between Russian national team defenseman Alexey Marchenko and the NHL team "Detroit Red Wings" passed quickly. This, the hockey player told TASS.

Marchenko was drafted by Detroit in 2013. Last summer, his two-year contract expired, and a new agreement for three years was announced in early July.

"It was possible to reach an agreement within a month, fast enough. In June it was already clear that there was a contract to be signed, and I didn't think about it," said Marchenko.

The player said that the mood before the World Cup is one of battle. The tournament will be held in Toronto from September 17th to October 1st.

"It's nice to be part of the tournament where all the best players will be.I think everybody knows that we have a very good attack, great goaltending, and we [the defensemen] will help them," he said.

Marchenko said that everyone in Detroit wanted Pavel Datsyuk to stay with the team. In the middle of June, the forward announced his retirement from the NHL and returned home, signing a contract with SKA.

"Life goes on, it's necessary to move forward with care. Just like with Yzerman and Lidstrom continuing to play, it's clear that everyone wanted Pasha to remain, but nothing lasts forever," he said.

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Unless other sources are incorrect, Marchenko’s new deal is for two years not three.

I hope the coaching staff pushes Marchenko a bit this year, see what he can do with more responsibility.

Posted by evileye on 09/07/16 at 08:03 AM ET

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