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Lupul on KHL: 'A little worse than I bargained for'

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08:26 AM ET 12.18 | While the Kontinental Hockey League is on its holiday break, Joffrey Lupul has returned from Russia -- likely for good. Because the Toronto Maple Leafs forward's heart lies in North America, he says he will not be returning to Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, cellar dwellers of the KHL. ... [During a Monday radio interview, said Lupul:] "I won't be going back. I thought about it a little bit. I felt bad leaving the team." In nine games with Automobilist, Lupul scored one goal, assisted on three others, and was a minus-6 for the struggling club. "I wanted to play somewhere, that opportunity came, I went. It was probably a little more difficult than I thought, with the language barrier and living in a new country. It was a little worse than I bargained for."

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December 18, 2012  09:12 AM ET

This from a Leafs player...

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December 18, 2012  09:25 AM ET

In nine games with Automobilist, Lupul scored one goal, assisted on three others, and was a minus-6 for the struggling club.

um....maybe this is in the equation somewhere? I can't imagine they are stomping around the offices of Automobilist hoping he changes his mind

December 18, 2012  09:30 AM ET

yep another that makes north americans look like softies. I reeeaaalllllyyyyy hope we keep this in mind when young euros come to play and have a tough time adapting

December 18, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Is Joffrey still upset because Real Sports won't take his VIP reservations during the lockout? Poor baby...

I<m still amazed that someone would pay 300$ for his jersey.

December 18, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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yep another that makes north americans look like softies. I reeeaaalllllyyyyy hope we keep this in mind when young euros come to play and have a tough time adapting

Ha, stop using logic. Once the game starts again in a few years we will have the Russian bashers out in full force.

December 18, 2012  09:39 AM ET

seems to me that Lupul should have been rght at home in the basement...

December 18, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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Scott Gomez is a tough interview these days...

I hear Alaska is lovely this time of year...

December 18, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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seems to me that Lupul should have been rght at home in the basement...

Now is that parents' or standings'?

December 18, 2012  09:47 AM ET

But, those Ukraine girls really knock him out...

December 18, 2012  09:51 AM ET

To all those who actually think the KHL is viable competition or that a Euro league could supplant the NHL..............

I know I would never want to live there for 8 months a year. And these guys will not either.

December 18, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Now is that parents' or standings'?

Nice.....

December 18, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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I reeeaaalllllyyyyy hope we keep this in mind when young euros come to play and have a tough time adapting

I have always kept that in mind, but remember they come here where it's way better than being there......

December 18, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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I have always kept that in mind, but remember they come here where it's way better than being there......

its still a huge adaptation, especially in terms of playing style...

December 18, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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But, those Ukraine girls really knock him out...

they leave West girls behind

December 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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its still a huge adaptation, especially in terms of playing style...

Like I said, I have always kept that in mind.

But it's worse going the other direction.

Most Euros have actually had English in school. Mario never even spoke English when he went to Pitt as a rookie. Count on the fact these NA NHL guys were never in French Immersion let alone taking Swedish or Slovak, etc.

NHL players are not suave sophisticates.

December 18, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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I hear Alaska is lovely this time of year...

Great ice fishing and polar bear hunting!

December 18, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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seems to me that Lupul should have been rght at home in the basement...

That part ... he's completely comfortable. The part that was tough was yelling, "Set me up in front of the net so I can pad my stats" in Russian.

 
December 18, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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yep another that makes north americans look like softies. I reeeaaalllllyyyyy hope we keep this in mind when young euros come to play and have a tough time adapting

No wonder Tretiak is so optimistic about Russia's chances in upcoming international events.

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