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02-29-2012, 08:49 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Berzerkeley, CA
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Eh, I think that would be taking it too far. Probably a very small fraction of athletes would leave significant money on the table and go half way across the world just because the level of competition is higher on the other side. How many of the current Caps players would do that -- forego money and comfort if it meant more competitive hockey elsewhere? And that's the scenario that we're talking about, I'm assuming -- KHL finding a way to throw a lot of money at Kuz, especially early on.
In any case, based on what I've seen in the WJCs, Kuz's compete level at least in big games is top-notch. So if he ends up staying in Russia, I don't think there's any way to rationalize it as a positive thing for the Caps..
No way it's good for the Caps. But it's not as if there's not big money to be made in North America. I actually do think players who truly want to play with the best and be one of them come here for that reason. It's not as if they will be paupers anyway.
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