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TOML 08-08-2008 12:55 PM

► Free Agents Even More Expensive Next Season (KHL)
 
Gaborik's agent, for example, is already shopping him in Russia.

I'll bet top-dollar that Kovalchuk is going to do the same. (He already did the Russian money song and dance for his current contract.)

Other significant free agents that will use the KHL to pry more money out of their NHL teams (who may or may not afford it):

► Kovalev
► Afinogenov
► Kopitar
► Plekanec
► Fedorov
► Kozlov
► Havlat
► Lang
► Spacek
► Antropov
► Satan
► Fedotenko
► Reinprecht
► Gerber
► Zherdev
► Prucha
► Bonk
► Zednik
► Dvorak

I'd expect quite a few of these players to be gone from the NHL next summer. And a couple of them will be really big names.

So what is the NHL going to do to stop the talent drain? As it is, a 30 team league is watered down quite a bit.

It seems that we're gradually going back towards pre-glasnost days as far as NHL talent is concerned. The Cold War is back. (Unless the KHL is overrated as a money source.)

Heske_44 08-08-2008 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by TOMapleLaughs (Post 15108820)
Gaborik's agent, for example, is already shopping him in Russia.

Is there a link?

Zizou 08-08-2008 12:59 PM

Frankly, if Euros (and for that matter, N.A. players) want to play in Europe to make more money then I wish them all the best.

In my opinion, a hockey player's ultimate goal should be playing in front of 17,000-20,000 people every night amongst the greatest competition in the world in hopes to one day get to win the Stanley Cup.

If money is more important, then good for them. They should go.

PDO 08-08-2008 01:00 PM

The NHL's salary cap is double the KHL's... and there's the whole, you don't have to worry about actually getting your money deal.

I'm not overly worried about losing a star like Gaborik.

A guy whose fading into the sunset like Kovalev? Very possible, but not a big deal. The growth of the game in the US will also help stem a lot of the talent pool issues.

KRM 08-08-2008 01:05 PM

I think a few SEL teams will start profligate them self just for marketing purpose next season, offering NHL Swedes more money then they could dream of receiving a few years ago in the SEL. Which they already probably have but there is no way to prove it.

It Kills Me 08-08-2008 01:05 PM

What's with the ******** triangles?

Kid_Roll 08-08-2008 01:09 PM

The selfish part of me wants Kopitar to sign a huge deal in the KHL so I don't have to go over that draft in my head anymore....



I agree it's going to be very interesting, though. It's odd to see a league try to be on par with the NHL, so it's weird seeing a soccer like atmosphere when it comes to free agents, and wondering if a guy is going to leave the entire league to play somewhere else.



Should be fun to see how long the KHL lasts. I want to be like everyone else and say "If they want to make their money in Russia and ignore the Stanley Cup, go for it" but hockey has gotten bad enough with all the diluted talent spread out over 30 teams, I shudder to think how defensive coaches will try and get when they lose some of their scoring talent.

Stupid coaches.

Reaper45 08-08-2008 01:11 PM

The Kings will sign Kopitar to a long term deal.

KRM 08-08-2008 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by The Natural (Post 15108865)
In my opinion, a hockey player's ultimate goal should be playing in front of 17,000-20,000 people every night amongst the greatest competition in the world in hopes to one day get to win the Stanley Cup.

Playing infront of 17,000 of which most are suits or getting to play infront of real fans. What sound like more fun?


TOML 08-08-2008 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krm500 (Post 15108912)
I think a few SEL teams will start profligate them self just for marketing purpose next season, offering NHL Swedes more money then they could dream of receiving a few years ago in the SEL. Which they already probably have but there is no way to prove it.

Yeah I was wondering about that, but so far the SEL hasn't been able to do it. I think the North American & Russian market sizes compared to Sweden's has a lot to do with that.


ps. Search the Wild boards for a source for 'Gaborik to Russia' rumours, other guy.

VelvetJones 08-08-2008 01:12 PM

Nah, only has beens and old guys go to the KHL.

KRM 08-08-2008 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by TOMapleLaughs (Post 15108968)
Yeah I was wondering about that, but so far the SEL hasn't been able to do it. I think the North American & Russian market sizes compared to Sweden's has a lot to do with that.


ps. Search the Wild boards for a source for 'Gaborik to Russia' rumours, other guy.

We don't know what the SEL players get paid, a guy like Hlavac got $800,000 tax free without ever playing here before.

VelvetJones 08-08-2008 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Reaper45 (Post 15108963)
The Kings will sign Kopitar to a long term deal.

Then trade him to the Oilers :yo:

Captain Saku 08-08-2008 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krm500 (Post 15108967)
Playing infront of 17,000 of which most are suits or getting to play infront of real fans. What sound like more fun?


that's pretty amazing... and they do those chanting and dancing all game long

TOML 08-08-2008 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Krm500 (Post 15109001)
We don't know what the SEL players get paid, a guy like Hlavac got $800,000 tax free without ever playing here before.

I also heard that guys like Naslund didn't really like spending their lockout year there. The hockey was all clutch-'n-grab and really frustrating to play. Even with his buddy Forsberg on the same team. He liked coming back to the NHL, where the talent-level is up to expectations.

Hasbro 08-08-2008 01:20 PM

For the love of God TO, cut back on the arrows!

Reaper45 08-08-2008 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CMacdonald (Post 15109006)
Then trade him to the Oilers :yo:

Keep dreaming.

KRM 08-08-2008 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fiascov (Post 15109021)
that's pretty amazing... and they do those chanting and dancing all game long

Well that's not Russian fans, it's Lausanne but the Swiss pay decent too.

Shadow Flyer 08-08-2008 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by CMacdonald (Post 15108973)
Nah, only has beens and old guys go to the KHL.

Alexander Radulov says hello.

VelvetJones 08-08-2008 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ShadowFlyer (Post 15109074)
Alexander Radulov says hello.

He just didn't like country music.

GKJ 08-08-2008 01:29 PM

I don't want no one in the league that doesn't want to be here.

Hav-a-lot* 08-08-2008 01:33 PM

Worst case scenario the NHL becomes a league of North American players, of which doesn't worry me much.

TOML 08-08-2008 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by go kim johnsson 514 (Post 15109134)
I don't want no one in the league that doesn't want to be here.

Neither do I. But when push comes to shove, isn't a league that has more talent a 'better' league?

It would be sad to see all these players go, because they do add excitement to the game.


Maybe the NHL should just expand into Europe...

Heaton 08-08-2008 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TOMapleLaughs (Post 15109163)
Neither do I. But when push comes to shove, isn't a league that has more talent a 'better' league?

It would be sad to see all these players go, because they do add excitement to the game.


Maybe the NHL should just expand into Europe...

And either expand the length of the season drastically or shorten the season drastically.

RandV 08-08-2008 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Krm500 (Post 15108967)
Playing infront of 17,000 of which most are suits or getting to play infront of real fans. What sound like more fun?

Real fans of course. Now lets talk about getting paid. Playing in front of 17,000 suites, dropping $100-500 to get in, or playing in front of real fans, paying $20-50 to get in? ;)


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