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07-02-2011, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Peter25 View Post
Sweden and Finland seem to be different than Russia. There is not an exodus of best hockey talent from Sweden and Finland to the CHL.
If I'm not mistaken Swe/Fin both have agreements with the NHL.

In addition, concerning the future, Russians have a very lucrative alternative to the NHL. NHL teams, therefore, must be 100% certain a Russian kid is committed to playing in NA. Agents realize getting a kid to commit to the CHL goes a long way in proving he's 'committed' to playing in NA.

I think it was Burmistrov who said he had to verbally ridicule the KHL to help convince NHL gm's he was committed to the NHL.

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