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09-23-2004, 05:01 AM
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Pekka Lampinen
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Originally Posted by Jacobv2
I was wondering that as well when I read that 30some players signed in Europe, and almost 50 NHLers have signed in the Czech Republic. The Finnish league is supposed to be close to, if not equal to the RSL and I would think that they have enough money to lure in NHLers.
Naturally they have the same amount of money to spend in relation to other leagues as in previous years, so it's due to other reasons. To list some:

- Teams have been wary of the uncertainty associated with acquiring NHL players ever since the lockout talk began
- Coaches don't want temporary additions messing up their system
- Players have expressed their concern with losing their jobs, teams may be listening to the PA
- Foreign NHL players who are available have limited marketing value
- Many of the best-known domestic players can't/won't start the season yet (Numminen, Timonen, Selšnne, S Kapanen, Lehtinen)
- Taxation makes it a lot cheaper to acquire a player later this fall; some saw better options (Kiprusoff, Berg)

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