Interesting stuff from Tarasenko. Sounds like it's up to his KHL team. But he makes it sound like there's a chance if he pushes enough...
The question that everyone want to ask you: where will you play during the next season?
Tarasenko: I still don't know, my agent is now discussing this with Sibir's staff. It's not clear yet. It's not up to me. This topic is closed for now since I don't know myself what to expect and what all will be.
Is this period hard for you?
Tarasenko: Yes it's very hard. You simply torment yourself. You don't know where you'll be. And get ready for what. If there was a clear way then it would be easier because I'd know what to expect. And correspondingly how to proceed. And even more when you have such a choose: Russia and America. Different countries, different mindsets, different levels of play. It's not easy for me.
When will you have to take a decision?
Tarasenko: I think before the start of Sibir's training camp on July 12th.
But should you have the chance to go overseas already this season, would you be ready for that?
Tarasenko: I am ready!
So in the best case, next season will be your last in Russia?
Tarasenko: Yes. If I'll stay with Sibir then next season will be my last one in Russia. I've said that if I'm going to America I'm not going to repeat Filatov and Tikhonov's experience and get back to Russia because it strongly affects the relationships between you and your club, and generally with the NHL.