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Mogilny about “the Malkin case”: Players are not slaves. We must play where we want to

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In an interview to Sport-Express New Jersey Devils forward Alexander Mogilny comments on the escape of the forward of Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Yevgeny Malkin to North America.

Mogilny was the first Russian hockey player to escape abroad. During the world championship in Sweden in 1989 Mogilny left the Soviet team quarters and went to the US to play for “Buffalo.”

“I cant judge as I dont know all the details of this story. I have learned the news from the press. But one thing is clear: if a player wants to play in NHL, he must not be kept. He has the right to choose where to play,” says Mogilny. He does not think that Malkin chose NHL for financial reasons only: “Though it is not a secret that in America the economic situation is more stable than in Russia. The living standards, human relations are absolutely different. What I want to say is that we, the players, are not slaves, we are free people. We must play wherever we want.”

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