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11-05-2012, 02:49 PM
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I strongly disagree. You cannot remain in proper game shape by playing a bunch of non-competitive friendlies.
So you think playing NT games is non-competitive compared to a regular season game in the KHL?

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There are, I think, no more than 8 or 10 of them, anyway. 10 friendly games in almost 3 months! That's ridiculous. In fact, I distinctly remember some Slovak national team players from the KHL in recent years complaining about the huge time gap between the end of KHL regular season and the World Championships.
Resulting in going to the finals. So that gap really did hurt them

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This season, that time gap will be larger than ever, and if Slovan fails to make the KHL play-offs, it will for the first time affect a huge portion of Slovakia's national team. (There are 8 Slovan players on Slovakia's roster for this week's international tourney in Germany.) Even if Slovan makes the KHL play-offs, the 1st round series are only "Best of 5" (which is very bad, imo), so 8 more KHL teams will probably have finished their seasons by the end of February. That's 18 out of 26 KHL teams. And then, they have practically 2 months of nothing to do until the World Championships begin in May.
And that's the problem of anybody outside of the slovakian hockey authorities because... oh, wait! It isn't. Everyody is in the same boat. If slovakian players need games, organize some.


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To sum up, the World Championships should stop interfering with the KHL. The WCs should adapt to the KHL and other national leagues, instead of the other way around. Playing the top international event of a winter sport in February would make perfect sense.
That means no NHLers at all at WC. Now that is a great idea to improve the prestige of a tournament.

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