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11-19-2012, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Statsy View Post
Your point about the paycheck is a valid one. Of course the usual rhetoric spouted by players when they are in the NHL is that their commitment to their team is too important for them to drop everything to go play in the WJC, but really I think it comes down to the significant loss of money. So my question is how much is he earning in the AHL at the moment? Certainly a fraction of what he would normally be getting, I would assume. Money aside, there is no good reason for him not to be there.
His paycheck is certainly a lot less than what he was making in the NHL, but it is probably still a fair amount of money by the standards of ordinary people. I don't know what the AHL's policy is for releasing players to play in international tournaments in mid-season, but there are a number of countries, including Russia, that have players in the AHL that are age-eligible for the WJC. It will be interesting to see how the AHL handles it if players are willing to forego their salaries to play.

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