Athletistic/Hockey. Former head coach of the Russian national hockey team Vladimir Plyushchev commented on Vladimir Tarasenko’s short playing time with the Ottawa Senators.

“Volodka is a typical guy. But there may be questions of a completely different nature. Not everyone is objective about guys with a Russian passport. Maybe Tarasenko ended up in a team where the coaching staff doesn’t want to see him for whatever reason. If a person regularly brings in points, but we keep him on the bench, probably for other reasons.

Hopefully everything will pass soon. You never know what the reasons are, it’s difficult to judge,” Pliouchchev told Match TV.