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05-22-2012, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Sergei DRW View Post
It has a lot to do with the emergence of KHL and youth league MHL. Soon, many of the Russian stars will think twice about crossing the pond and become labeled a "heartless russian".

Look at Ovechkin, he basically gives his all the ice and he is still under an avalanche of critics because the rest of the team doesn't know how to score a goal in the playoffs.
The good thing, he has a thick skin for this media bull.
Ovechkin did not give his all. When you are one of the highest paid players in the NHL and you don't preform you are gonna get it from the media.

Originally Posted by begbeee View Post
And that's a good thing. I believe NHL has to get a slap to the face.
Russia NT continued success simultaneously with more and more international losses of Canada probably creates doubts about untouchable status of NHL as the best league.
It will affect revenues in NHL. No. Not in Canada, but in USA. Then maybe Gary Bettman understands that non-supporting of international hockey, whole hockey in big picture was a mistake.

Originally Posted by begbeee View Post
Problem is IIHF made step further as has been mentioned. NHL still not, not to mention even issues with olympic games.

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