Igor Korolev: "The power of will can overcome everything"

Pension Plan Puppets
November 24 2011 09:20AM

The Nations' roving Russian reporter Andrey Osadchenko unearthed and translated this interview from Sports.Ru for Leafs fans. It offers some candid insight into Igor Korolev, his love of Canada, of hockey, and most importantly, of his family.

Igor Korolev played 4 seasons for the Maple Leafs before he was traded to the Blackhawks. He scored 60 goals and 161 points in 297 regular season games as a Leaf. Last season was last in his professional career. After retirement he became an assistant coach of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl - a team that sadly died in terrible aircraft crash early in September.

This is his last interview. In December of 2009 Korolev told Alexei Shevchenko and Alexander Lyutikov what motivated him to keep playing hockey when he was almost 40, why his family stayed for good in Toronto and what defines a real hockey player.

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Let’s Talk More About The Kessel Trade!

Jonathan Willis
November 23 2011 05:59PM

It’s the debate that never seems to die: whether the trade that brought Phil Kessel to Toronto was a good decision or a poor decision. Seguin has a good week; it was a terrible trade. Kessel has a good week; it was a glorious bit of management by Leafs general manager Brian Burke.

Naturally, “Phil Kessel leads the NHL in scoring” moves the debate a little bit too.

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Nikolai Kulemin: "I'm not trying to get popular"

Kent Wilson
November 23 2011 08:59AM



By: Andrey Osadchenko

Nikolai Kulemin doesn't tend to talk a lot. The Magnitogorsk native isn’t known for words in any language. He mostly keeps to himself and prefers to show what he’s capable of by the way he performs on the ice. However, he never shies away from the media and if you have something to ask, he will answer as honestly as anybody. In case you don’t believe this, here’s the proof.

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STAJAN-WATCH: In Which Matt Compares the Flames to the St. Louis Cardinals

Danny Gray
November 22 2011 12:47PM

Just like old times

At around 9:00 EST on November 22, 2011 Sidney Crosby passed Matt Stajan in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.

What else is new with Matt?

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Kent Wilson
November 22 2011 09:25AM


By: Andrey Osadchenko

It’s official. Ovie isn’t him anymore. At least, so far he isn’t. Last night he made it obvious in arguably the most hockey obsessed town on Earth. A town where he scored 14 goals in 12 previous games.

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