Thread: KHL Expansion
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04-16-2012, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Sokil View Post
Why are you assuming that the lower teams would disappear if the top 1-2 teams left? I don't see the connection.

If anything, rather than wanting to leave to the NHL, local development will grow with players wanting to represent their nation's KHL team rather than move to North America to play in the AHL or NHL there. Having a viable alternative tot he NHL within Europe, IMO, is a great thing.
Their nations KHL team? What a ridiculous idea. Do people in Russia actually believe such nonsense?

Players from Sweden or Finland don't grow up wanting to play in the KHL.

Anyway, if you remove 2/3 big markets from individual nations and put them in the KHL, what becomes of the domestic leagues left behind? Gone are their big franchises, TV contract and money goes down the hole, incentive to develop players goes, prestige of winning national league decreases. It will not help domestic hockey in many nations.

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