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07-10-2005, 03:12 PM
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And the NHL suffered from lack of skill BEFORE the Euro invasion????
Please...stop this Euro's not coming crap.
There is 1 NHL and it IS the stage for hockey.
It has enough drawing power to make players play through the cap. In case you haven't noticed, even WunderSid WANTS to play in the NHL even under the cap. Ovechkin just said the same. Both with Euro/Rus teams offering significantly more money.
That's because once their rookie contracts are over they will be big earners, providing they live up to their potential. I'm talking about middle of the road Euros. The NHL did not suffer from the lack of skill before the Euro invasion but it also had 10 less teams to stock at the time. As for the NHL being the 1 stage for hockey, I don't believe that. I believe that in many countries it is the Olympics and World Championships that are the stage for hockey. We get spoiled on our professional leagues, but that's because we grow up on them. I feel pretty safe in saying that we will see a serious decline in the number of middle of the road Euros in the future.
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