There is an interesting interview with Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, relayed by Russia Today. Malkin is playing with his hometown club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, in the Kontinental Hockey League.
You can read the story here, but in a nutshell, Malkin said he enjoys playing Russia, speaking his native language, and so doesn't miss the NHL. But he says he doesn't intend to remain in Russia.
As for the lockout, Malkin is perplexed like a lot of players. He points out that each percent of NHL revenue that is being bartered over represents millions of dollars. He also laments that many of the NHL owners are businessmen with varied interests, whereas the players' only livelihood is hockey. He called the owners "stubborn."
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