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Mikhail Sergachev: “I was upset by the trade at first, but my parents supported me”

July 14th, 2017 at 11:28 AM
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Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev was recently interviewed in Russian by Pavel Panyshev of Sergachev talks about his feelings after the trade, his parents’ support, his communication with Nikita Kucherov and the special qualities of Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and GM Steve Yzerman.

If you use this translated text in any way, please credit and Igor Nikonov (@nikonov_igor) of Raw Charge for the translation.

Pavel Panyshev: What were your first impressions after the trade to Tampa?

Mikhail Sergachev: I didn’t expect it. I wouldn’t say it was hard for me. I was upset for the first five minutes, but then I talked to my parents and they supported me. They saw a new opportunity, a new chance in this. I think I have a good chance to play in Tampa.

Panyshev: You were selected 9th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Was it a shock for you that Montreal has parted with one of their leading prospects?

Sergachev: This is business. Being upset or resenting anyone is pointless. You can be traded 15 times during your career. I’ve been traded because Montreal needed a good forward and trading me was the only way for them to get one.

Panyshev: They took Jonathan Drouin in the end.

Sergachev: Yes, they needed that francophone who would score and would be loved by the fans. Besides, he really wanted to play there.

Panyshev: How is Nikita Scherbak doing? Did you have time to say goodbye before leaving?

Sergachev: We’ve texted. I think he’s going to be OK. He has improved both as a player and as a person. He’s developing in the right direction and Montreal is following his progress.

Panyshev: Were you surprised that Radulov didn’t get a new contract in Montreal and will be playing for Dallas?

Sergachev: I wasn’t, because Montreal had just signed Carey Price to a $10.5 million contract. Drouin and Galchenyuk had been signed too. They could’ve kept Radulov but …

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