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07-15-2012, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jfb392 View Post
Craig Button says $54.2m upper limit and $42.2m floor, but I have it at $53.65m based on everything I have available to me.

Meh, they have a salary cap too and it's $36.5m, so $54m isn't really close.

They have the exemption for returning Russian NHL'ers, but that wouldn't apply to most NHL'ers.
Russian Income tax is a flat 13%, most NHLers probably face around 30%, closing the gap further by a significant margin. Thrown in those exemptions for the 4 or 5% of players which are russian, and we're pretty much neck and neck.

it's not hard to see how something like this could become a virtuous cycle for the KHL. Relative salary parity leads to many europeans staying closer to home, leads to better overall on-ice product, leads to more international interest, leads to more money, leads to higher salary cap leads to even greater salary parity. If the NHL goes through with this for any reason other than franchises are at risk of failing, its outrageously stupid.

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