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04-06-2011, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by v-man View Post
The NHL has continuously added games and pushed back its season to have it overlap with the WC, not to mention that the Euro leagues start at least a month sooner than the NHL. If they pushed it back any further, a big portion of the players would be out of game shape. As it is some of them get a month and a half off, even after playing in their leagues playoffs. While basketball has the luxury of being played at any time of the year, hockey in the summer is stupid. No matter how much you try, the ice will not be of the same quality as it is in winter, further risking injury to players. Quite frankly, the NHL should start its season in September. Ice Hockey shouldn't be played in June, whether its the WC or the Stanley Cup playoffs. Either way, by the time the the WC start, 95% of the world's players are available.
Well sure, Id say its closer to 99.9% of the worlds players, but no one gives a **** if Im available to play. Id say about 55% of the worlds best players ARENT available. I dont care if the IIHF moves it, but I certainly dont put the weight into it that a "World Championships" deserves.

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