Pavel Buchnevich spoke with Championat in Russia and said the following:
- He is spending more time with family in Russia this summer but will travel to New York soon to prepare for the season.
- Losing Derek Stepan is a "substantial loss" but the team has young players like JT Miller and Kevin Hayes that will get more experience and should be better next season.
- His focus is on playing this season without injuries.
- His back is healed and he spent time with the medical staff of his former team in the KHL.
- He isn't afraid of "Russian torturer" Lindy Ruff and that Ruff will be working with the defense.
- The AHL is "classic North American hockey" and features a lot of hitting and fighting.
- He was supported by his teammates during his goal drought.