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07-13-2008, 06:48 PM
eco's bones
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For some Europeans the Olympics are the ultimate hockey championship--maybe even for some the European world championships are equivalent to the Stanley Cup. The KHL's scheduling and nearer locations may be more friendly for them to compete in these tournaments--so it may even be that money while still a major reason might not be the 'only' major reason for deciding where their future is. Again I would worry about Cherepanov who has sent a lot of mixed signals over the course of the last couple years--even Anisimov (if it were to happen) being blocked for too long by less talented but more experienced veterans might sour on North America. Everything so far from Grachev is encouraging but the NHL would be better off taking this threat seriously because if the money and the rinks are there the players will come.

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