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05-18-2012, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by maplepred View Post

North American boys grow up watching the NHL with their father and grandfathers just dreaming about winning a Stanley cup in the NHL (not khl). They play road hockey and pretend to be Wayne Gretzky scoring the overtime winner to win the cup. It's a big time dream for any north American men who are into playing organized hockey.
For example, look at the 1990 oilers, those guys took lower contracts to keep the team together because they were so good. Team had Gretzky, messier, anderson, Coffey, ranford, etc, but at same time did have tikannen and kurri who were just as dedicated. How about the penguins the next two following years?? Lemieux, Francis, tocchet, Stevens, Coffey, barasso, Mullen. And also had jagr. I'm just trying to say big time teams in history had lots of Canadian/american talent more than European.

There are some Europeans who are extremely dedicated to winning a cup. But overall it's more of a north American thing to want the cup almost as much as the cash. Europeans leave their families back home mainly for big bucks 'not always' for a cup, but more often for cash.

So Patrick O'Sullivan > Martin Hanzal?
Krahn > Rinne?
Hutchinson > Lidstrom?

Cherry's rants make no sense ... the concept that a team can't win with a Euro captain is disproved ... for every non-NA player you can name that either doesn't show the heart you desire or vanishes, a NA player can be named just as easily.

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