Rumor: Jagr offered $12,000,000 by Dynamo Moscow
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05-22-2008, 12:48 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
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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.
Here's the story:
Again, it's not about the validity of building a new league that helps raise the quality of hockey around the world, but the crazy money that's being thrown around to create it. What happens when that well runs dry? Who's going to pick up those teams?
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