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06-20-2008, 12:28 PM
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Not sure how much this can be trusted, but this was an interesting post on Mirtle's blog a while back from an anonymous poster:

Ilya Kovalchuk was asked by in the past couple of weeks if he would consider playing in the new KHL and he said he wouldn't play in Russia again even if they offered him $20 million a season. While the salaries can compete with the NHL, the overall lifestyle still lags behind. Especially for someone who has experienced the NHL lifestyle in North America. They have to carry their own bags, and unload their equipment (which Kovalchuk is stilled pissed about.)
Granted that it's not likely a consensus opinion from the young Russian superstar contingent, but IMO it still raises a valid point about lifestyle and what star players expect.

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