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09-25-2003, 07:44 AM
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If he buys a team, he'll go after the best players, period. He's brought in only one Russian for Chelski, Alexei Smertin...and he was immediately loaned out. Granted, there are a higher number of world class Russian hockey players than soccer players. And I could see him staffing the club with a lot of Russians. But a star player is a star player and that's who Roman is going to go after.

But in the NHL you cannot simply buy players off of other teams of course, which means he isn't likely to have the same drastic, immediate impact on an NHL team as he did on Chelski. His finanical might would no doubt prove powerful over the course of a few years though.

As much as I despise Chelski and as much as people in general despise rich owners who splash cash left and right with no concern for the well-being of the game...if he did buy the Canucks or another would be very interesting to say the least.

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