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07-03-2005, 09:33 AM
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Potted Plant
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I think we, meaning the NHL, is going to start seeing more of this. With NHL salaries down and coming more into line with European salaries, European players are going to start thinking longer and harder about just staying home. Already, marginal players were thinking that it was better to have guaranteed money at home than to toil around the AHL hoping for a shot at the NHL.

I have a feeling that except for top notch Europeans who come over here to be 1st or 2nd line players, Europeans will start becoming fairly rare in the NHL in the next five years.

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