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Translations by Tomas Jandik
Robert Holik: They Ain't Gonna Shut My Mouth! ("Blesk" daily interview) - 2-Feb-04
http://www.blesk.cz/Clanek39513.htm

(Robert Holik reacts to the backlash caused by his claim that “fundamentally, we [the Rangers] are the worst team in the NHL”)

HOLIK: THEY AIN’T GONNA SHUT MY MOUTH!

Robert, how many conflicts have you already have with your boss?

I don’t have any conflicts with him! I tell him what I want to, and if he doesn’t like it, that’s his problem.

[But] when he called you [in his office] this time, he probably asked for greater loyalty, didn’t he?

You know, truth hurts. We are in America, and everybody can say what he wants here. It was just the communists back at home who would expel a guy from the national team for his opinion – like it happened to my dad. I just said what I felt. And the reaction was basically that this was indeed our main problem – we lack fundamentals. And without them, not even a prep team can ever win.

What if Sather fines you?

A fine for the truth? A return to communism? Even though, who knows? Maybe we’ll get there by the end of the season… {laughter}

Or maybe he’ll have his revenge in some other way. After all, he’s already separated you away from Kovalev, and put you in between the goons…

Ask him why he did that. I myself am quite interested in it.

So maybe indeed a some kind of warning?

No [scare tactics] have ever had any effect on me. A lot of people tried that. Without any result. A lot of people actually agree with me; that we need to start practicing seriously and to play well.

Are your chances to advance into the play-offs better now that Jaromir Jagr came?

Certainly. However – 2004 hockey isn’t about one player. He can help, but it depends on everybody if we are able to make it.

Can an 11-million player pay-off then?

Nobody is worth that kind of money! But that’s a stupid comparison – to look at money [first], then at the player. He simply had the opportunity to sign for that kind of cash so he did it. Same as my case. Money did not change Jarda; and I believe it did not change me, either. What changed, though, is the way how the others look at us.

Some media mentioned that you should be influencing [Jagr’s] motivation, guiding him. Do you feel that way?

Can you imagine that? Jarda knows what to do, he doesn’t need no guru. that’s just the newspaper crap.

Do you still recall year 1990, when you played together at the Junior World Championship in Switzerland?

Definitely! And we played quite well, didn’t we? Jarda was just a rookie, and he did everything the older guys told him to do. Good ol’ times…

How come he eventually became a bigger star than you or Reichel?

Ever since the pee-wee level he was somewhere else than all of us. There were no doubts about who had the most of the talent.

A lot of people don’t understand why Rangers traded for Jagr, when they have no defense…

But that’s not Jarda’s fault, is it? That is…Sather’s decision. Jarda, us, nobody can do anything about it. When the management decides…

Don’t you regret that during the summer of 2002, you have picked out of all those numerous offers just the Rangers?

You can’t dwell on it. At that point it looked to me as the best solution for me as well as my family. No moving was involved. I am here now, and I have to solve what’s best for our game to improve.

A tough task given that the coach doesn’t give you many opportunities how to influence the games…

You’re right. Finally somebody noticed! Thank you.








Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.

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