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11-18-2012, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by wings5 View Post
If you don't want the Russian kids going to North America then do something about it like Sweden does instead of complaining, simple. I don't get how ppl involved in Russian hockey see this as a negative but don't do anything.
you are wrong (bold part). They have done a lot to improve level of play/ facilities/ training/ etc in Russia. Maybe not everything is ideal, or done already, but there is a huge progress. Problem is "russian factor"= no FHR-NHL transfer agreement. That is main reason why these kids choose CHL nowadays.

It is not fair compare Sweden and Russia. Why? Because swedish leagues are DIRECTLY connected with NHL system of development (transfer agreement, loans etc). KHL and its developing leagues are not.

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