EXCLUSIVE – Tampa Bay rookie Miftakhov: Vasilevskiy has not called me yet

03 May 2021
EXCLUSIVE – Tampa Bay rookie Miftakhov: Vasilevskiy has not called me yet

Tampa Bay Lightning Russian rookie goalie Amir Miftakhov spoke in an exclusive interview with Metaratings.ru about his emotions after signing a three-year rookie contract with the current Stanley Cup winner.

- Tell us about your emotions.

- I am honored to be a Tampa player. Delighted with the signing of the contract, I was looking forward to it.

- Who would you like to thank first of all?

- Thanks to Tampa, of course. Management, coaches who trusted me and offered me a contract. I hope that I will live up to this trust. Thanks to my family, friends and coaches who helped me on my way to my dream. I look forward to what lies ahead of me.

- How did the Tampa option come about and why this particular club?

- It's simple: they drafted me. I'm happy.

- What do you promise in Tampa?

- Play hockey!

- In what condition are you now and what is the motivation?

- I am in good shape and ready to play. I miss hockey and look forward to interesting matches. I will work hard, give all my strength to achieve great success.

- When is your NHL debut expected?

- Next season.

- What can you say about your future partner Hugo Alnefelt? You played against each other at the world youth championship the year before last.

- We were worthy rivals, now we are one team. Will be working.

- Didn't you talk to Vasilevskiy?

- No, he hasn't called me yet, but it would be very nice to hear him.

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