|Author: Alexei Shevchenko (Sport Today Publication)|
Translated By: Eugene Belashchenko
| Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues): Your professionalism depends on your upbringing|
Russian national team and HC Khimik goalie Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) shared his predictions
regarding the future of his former club HC Spartak in a conversation with Sport
Konstantin Barulin at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft after being drafted by the St. Louis Blues (Photo Source: RussianProspects exclusive)
How does the World Championships bronze medal winner evaluate HC Khimikís
K. Barulin: Everything is fine, thanks. The roster is great, and we are
all working with a lot of motivation.
The head coach took over a very important position.
K. Barulin: I think everything is fine. Before I did
not work with experts who went through the European school, and my first impressions
have been very positive. Besides that, Popikhin, invited a coach who trains the
players how to skate. That right away added value.
Why do you need skating lessons?
K. Barulin: Itís not about me, but about the whole
Itís known that this season you wanted to return to Spartak. The
club also showed a lot of interest in you. Are the negotiations still taking place?
K. Barulin: No, no negotiations could take place, as
I have an active contract with Khimk. Yes they wanted me in their team, but..
What do you think about the new Spartak?
K. Barulin: I am sure that Valery Bragin will put together
an interesting team, despite all the problems.
How did you regard the 3:11 defeat Spartak suffered at the tournament
K. Barulin: It was a preseason tournament and it doesnít
deserve any conclusions. Besides, everything ended up well. They took second place
and Pavel Vorobiev (Chicago Blackhawks), who recently joined them from our team became the best sniper
of the tournament.
This year Khimik has been quiet on the free agent market. Does that mean
that the teamís expectations have been lowered? Will there not be any serious
goals placed before the squad?
K. Barulin: What do you mean? Simply the guys were given
a chance to get used to each other. There is no noise and thatís good. The
mission this season will remain the same as before.
To make it to the finals?
K. Barulin: To be in the top three. But officially no
goals were placed before us.
This is the last year that foreign goaltenders play in Russian hockey.
Are you getting ready to become irreplaceable next season?
K. Barulin: My team trusts me. Overall, young Russian
goalies started to be trusted more than before.
But how will all this end up next season? Right now you feel the competition,
but then itíll be empty.
K. Barulin: There are a number of perspective goaltenders.
For example, Spartak has Evgeny Lobanov, who is a very good goalie and who simply
wasnít given the chance to play in Yaroslavl. Magnitogorsk has Ilya Proskuryakov.
They werenít given a chance and foreign goaltenders instead took over the
top position even though ours arenít worse.
But they are without experience. If you put the same Proskuryakov in net
during the finals, itís not clear what would happen. The goalie might break
K. Barulin: Who said he would break down? Was he given
a chance to prove himself? Now one checked him out.
Will there be 40 young Russian goalies to fill the Super League?
K. Barulin: Why only young? There are a number of veterans
Ė Maxim Sokolov for example. I think that everything will be fine. Anyways,
Russia is a big country and there will be enough goalies for everyone.
When there is no competition, even the biggest professional may lower
the demans on themselves.
K. Barulin: That depends on the upbringing. The restriction
on foreign goalies wonít impact me. I will be working the same as before.
And for some even the hottest competition wonít help.
- Alexei Shevchenko (Sport Today) Translated by Eugene Belashchenko
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