“I’ve spent my entire NHL career on teams that are rebuilding” – Nikita Zaitsev

Defender “Chicago” Nikita Zaitsev during a conversation with a correspondent in Chicago, he explained how he related to the transition to a team in the process of restructuring.

On February 22, defenseman Nikita Zaitsev was traded from Ottawa to the Blackhawks. Chicago received the 31-year-old Russian guard, along with second-round picks in the 2023 draft and fourth-round picks in the 2026 draft in exchange for future compensation.

– Is it true that you have wanted to move from Canada to the United States for a long time?

– I will say that I enjoyed playing in Ottawa. I felt at home there. I really had my home there, I knew a lot of good people. All the nice guys there, a great team and a great vibe. I felt very comfortable.

– And the press is not as fierce as in Canada.

– I understand there are a lot of reporters in the Chicago Blackhawks locker room. I won’t say it’s less than in Ottawa. And after Toronto, I am already calm vis-à-vis the press.

– How do you see the fact that “Chicago” is now included in the period of perestroika?

– Yes good. I’ve played my entire NHL career on rebuilding teams. You could say it’s a common condition for me,” Zaitsev said in an interview with Chicago correspondent Hanna Arbitman.

Source : MatchTV

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