The man gets it.
Russian journalist: Sidney Crosby is following right behind you. Why is this player hated by a lot of fans?
Malkin: Maybe because of his behavior?
But I think that Crosby is the best player. And those who are in the spotlight are always not liked.
Of course the journalist asks a hard hitting follow-up question, getting to the core of the Everybody Hates Sid drama.
Russian journalist: People say that you're moving into your own house?
That sound you hear is my palm slapping my forehead. Doh.
More of the interview, below.
Q: People say that you're moving into your own house?
Malkin: I am still in the process [of moving]. I will hold the housewarming party on December 19. All documents are almost ready.
Q: What made you take this step?
Malkin: I am getting more mature. It is time to live away from Sergei Gonchar. To start a family.
Q: Is this going to be a good house? (what the fuck kind of question is that?)
Malkin: I like it. It's a new three story [house] with five bedrooms. It is within a five minute drive from the hockey arena.
Q: The media calls you and Crosby a two-headed monster. Who adjusts to whom when you're on the same line?
Malkin: I think I don't change my style [of play]. But it is easier to pass with Sid. Opponents cannot cover both of us. That's why we create a lot more scoring chances.
Q: It is your third year in the NHL. What teams are the most difficult to play against?
Malkin: You won't believe it, but Islanders are the most difficult. Although not long ago we routed that team 9-2. But this was an exception from the rules. Usually we play such a difficult and stretchy game with them. And I like Boston, who play an open game.
Q: And Philadelphia?
Malkin: It's a strong and an unpredictable team. Life is never easy with the Flyers.