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02-29-2012, 05:37 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Berzerkeley, CA
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Russia is unpredictable.. plus KHL is a "national" pet project.. I don't think the issue of guaranteed contracts is insurmountable there, at least for the big teams. There seems to be an increasing number of players from Western Europe coming to play for Russian soccer teams, for example. I think KHL could quite possibly figure out a way to offer huge guaranteed money at least to the best young hockey players even if it means channeling them to the top (state-sponsored) teams.
I'm sure some/many top players, like the really competitive ones, will always want to try the NHL.. but I can see KHL putting a significant dam in that stream.
Maybe, but frankly, the KHL has a hugely long way to go in providing the level of competition, quality of environment, and labor conditions that the NHL has. It's not gonna catch up super soon.
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