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11-05-2012, 03:33 PM
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Who said smb. is unwilling? EHT is created by 4 national federations. There are certain agreement and contracts around it but no restrictions for somebody to join. Slovaks only need to ask to join in. But they don't.
That's a good joke, Atas. I admire your naivety. Of course the only reason Slovaks aren't playing in the EuroTour is because we're not allowed to. This has been common knowledge for 2 decades. If it had been possible, we would have played there every year, instead of just once in 20 years (something like 10 years ago was the last time).

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you do realize that the Izvestia Cup is a part of EHT? And it always was.
That pseudo-tourney of 4 countries nowadays is not the classic Izvestiya Cup of old. Back then, it was the 2nd international highlight of the season. Nowadays, its prestige is minimal, being one of many similar small tourneys in the course of a season. Besides, you must have noticed that it was not always called "Izvestiya" over the last couple of decades.

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So say Neftekhimik would have to release Yakupov, their top offensive player for like 2 weeks and play the regular season games without him? Sounds pretty fair
It's 100% fair because the rule would be applied to every team equally. It's Neftekhimik's fault if their best player is a 20-year-old as you allege. Besides, you're just fantasizing because Yakupov will hardly be spending any time in Europe at all if there is a regular NHL season next year.

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So you think playing NT games is non-competitive compared to a regular season game in the KHL?
Yep, absolutely and totally non-competitive compared to them. It doesn't really matter if Slovakia finishes first or last in this week's mini-tournament in Germany, whereas every KHL game matters a lot. Maybe your EuroTour games aren't so non-competitive, but that doesn't apply to the cr*ppy mini-tournaments that the Slovaks have been forced to participate in over the last 20 years. Besides, all these prep games are frequently used just to test out potential new national team players, rather than players who will actually play for Slovakia in top events. For this week's international tournament, there is no NHL player on Slovakia's roster -- no Chára, no Šatan, no Višňovský, no Sekera, even no Staňa. Záborský cancelled his participation earlier today. The tourney is mostly an opportunity for coach Vůjtek to test younger players.

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Resulting in going to the finals. So that gap really did hurt them
Atas, I wish you'd read more carefully before commenting. Last year, this issue was relevant for maybe 2 or 3 Slovak players. I was talking about this season, though, where the premature end of the KHL regular season might affect up to 9 (!) Slovan players, in addition to all the other Slovak players in various other KHL teams. There are 7 Slovaks on Lev's roster only, nearly all of them national team players, and Lev's play-off chances don't look good currently.

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That means no NHLers at all at WC. Now that is a great idea to improve the prestige of a tournament.
I don't care about that... Right now, the World Championships are pretty much a travesty, allowing only those NHL players to participate who have failed with their respective NHL teams. Whereas those who are having perhaps the best season of their lives, cannot play at the WC at all. What's prestigious about that?

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