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11-15-2012, 10:59 AM
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Vikke
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Originally Posted by NotProkofievian View Post
No. I think everyone who's not an idiot would rather take their career to the highest level in the U.S., than stay in their own country given the opportunity. It's silly to say that it's merely a preference of country, and discount any possible career or attitude related motivations.

If you want to say he's in it for the money, fine, say he's in it for the money. It's also possible that he'd rather be a big fish in a smaller pond, than just another fish in the ocean. Both of these make more sense to me than "he likes Russia better." Neither of them are exactly noble, however.



Quite right, the level of hockey is higher in the NHL, the prestige of the stanley cup is much greater than the Gagarin cup, and it all comes with an added bonus: you're very much less likely to die travelling to, or playing in an NHL game than a KHL game.
Why is that, exactly? Not everyone on the planet prefers to live abroad in a VERY different culture far away from home while making less money in a dull city (compared to Moscow, that is).
Noble blah blah etc, why is it deemed more noble to play for less abroad than making a lot of money in his native country close to his entire family and childhood friends?

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