Andrei Loktionov was naturally disappointed with Russia's finish in the 2014 Winter Games.
"It's pretty sad," Loktionov said. "It happened way too many times the last Olympics. At Vancouver, (Russia finished) seventh and right now it's sixth, seventh. There's a lot of star players and it seems they can't play (with) each other. Too many leaders." Most of the top-tier teams have plenty of star players and guys that are used to being leaders, so that's not a concern unique to the Russians. Unlike Canada and the United States, Russia did split their roster between the NHL and KHL, so they not only had guys not used to playing with each other, but also not even used to playing the same type of game. Of course, even that is not a great excuse because the Finnish team that eliminated them didn't exclusively feature NHL players either.
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