An All-Russian NHL team?
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09-25-2003, 07:21 AM
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In the event that Roman Abramavitch buys an NHL team and stocks it with Russian NHLers --
- how feasible is it to populate a team entirely with Russians? Assume that payroll is unlimited but that normal trading rules apply.
- how would that team be accepted by its fans?
- how successful or not would that team be?
It's an interesting concept, but I can't see the league allowing it if he's up front about wanting only Russians. If a guy wanted to buy a baseball team and stock it only with white players, or blacks, how far do you think he'd get? I'm not sure the league would also stand for the fire sale that would follow him buying the Canucks. It's pretty hard to justify trading guys likes Naslund and Bertuzzi just because they're not Russian. Of course, there's probably nothing stopping him from buying a team and over time quietly going with Russians through the draft, free agency and trades. Wait a minute, that's already happening in Chicago!