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11-05-2012, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Faterson View Post
I don't think national teams should have priority over the KHL. It's very disruptive. The focus on national teams is so Cold War-like, previous-century thinking. It's very disturbing that for 10 out of 26 KHL teams, the season will be over in mid-February. That's absurd, waaay too early. How are all these players supposed to remain in shape, without any game practice, until May (!) for the World Championships? The KHL regular season should be a lot longer, the WCs should be moved to early April or so, and the KHL play-offs should only start after the WCs are completed. Then there would be enough time for KHL play-offs, instead of rushing through them like in this season, in inferior "Best of 5" 1st round series.
Why in the world should any league have priority over national teams? The focus on national teams has nothing to with the cold war or the previous century. It's themost normal thing in sports. The national team is the best a country can offer. Thus international tournaments have the highest level of competition no league can offer.

NT players who'd go to the respective NT will play a fair amount of friendlies before the WC. Staying in shape is not the problem.

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