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09-25-2003, 11:59 AM
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Yammer
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Thanks for the interesting replies.

Regarding NHL interference, I don't see how this would bring the image of the NHL into disrepute. It's not about hoarding the best players, nor is it about deliberately tanking to get the highest picks.

Regarding payroll, it would seem likely that the team would obtain its grinders, enforcers, and other no-namers from Russia or other leagues abroad, and have a few (or more) star NHL Russians.

Regarding motivation, I'm not Russian but am given to understand that they are fervent nationalists. I mean, fanatical. Their history, pride in culture, the achievements in science and art, their triumphs as a grand tapestry of blood and iron, the sacrifices at Stalingrad, and all that. Not for nothing was the old Soviet anthem the most sentimental, hummable, and powerful around.

This Abramovitch character is quite the overachiever. Did you notice the part where he's also the governor of some eastern province or another? The more I think about it, the more I think that this is GOING to happen...

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