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09-21-2012, 03:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
The NHL is in a position of power, I don't think there is anything you can do about it. Except joining forces with the KHL, which is probably not what you want to hear.
Which makes the transfer agreement that much more important from a Swedish POV. The Swedes want to go overseas, the NHL is the dream, and there's no doubt about that. Likewise the NHL wants the Swedes, there's no doubt about that either. There's around 100 Swedes under NHL contract. So it's important that the federation steps up. The clubs aren't losing one, two players once in a while anymore - more like a few per season.

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Originally Posted by perry2perry View Post
Many of these AHL-players will soon be back in Sweden. A drafted SEL-player with low icetime often benefits from playing in a development league such as the AHL where he often gets the chance to play an offensive role on the team. Many of these 41 guys will never make their NHL-team but come home as better players, the KHL is then the biggest threat to our league.
Maybe, but many of the younger returnees eventually coming back to play in Sweden(and not KHL) have not really been top players either. I'm thinking of guys like Ryno, Ritola, Harju. Brunnström doesn't look like he'll be dominant anytime soon either. You also have to pay up to be able to sign a guy returning after a few years in North America. The Finns have been replaced by pretty good North Americans instead, that is more of a wash. Bottomline, the players we're getting back aren't covering the losses, so the league is gradually getting worse. Or maybe some of you doesn't share that view? Better to be pro-active than watch where things land in 5-10 years, imo.

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