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05-22-2008, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Forechecker View Post
In the NYTimes article about Yashin in Russia, it talked about this beautiful arena in a town of tenement housing, and how dreary the lifestyle is there. While this may not be true of every team owner, there has so far been little investment in the communities of these teams outside of the arenas and salaries paid to the players.
I need to go back and find this article and link it to this thread. Although it had a pretty misinformed spin on the situation, it did illustrate the ideals of the league.

This isn't about a crazy contract offer or whether a North American player would WANT to live in a derelict town in Russia. It's about building the prestige of a league in an attempt to make it a viable option to the NHL, and maybe someday, develop it into something even more prestigious. European players come to the NHL because it's the top level of the sport, not for some burning desire to shack up in East St. Louis or Columbus, Ohio. If someone can build a more reputable league, players will go play there, wherever it is.

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