Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-29-2012, 05:34 PM
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Hey, I love the worlds and all international hockey. It's fun to win but it's not indicative of much of anything and certainly not worthy of the whooping and chest-thumping that goes on in Moscow every time Russia wins.
If you're going to shoot holes in the Canada/World Cup, you have to recognize the holes that already in the worlds. Yeah, Russia is also affected by those still playing in the NHL, but when fewer Russians are playing in the NHL now than a few years ago (there were only six Russians in the NHL playoffs in 2011 and 12 last season,) it has much less of an effect on them than on Canada.
We're probably at a point where there is no sense pursuing this discussion, because you are assuming that complaints that the Soviets got screwed by Alan Eagleson in the Canada Cups are just fueled by sour grapes because in the end, the Soviets lost. Even though Alan Eagleson served a lot of time in prison for every conceivable integrity violation known to man (is he still in prison?), when it came to the Canada Cup, you just assume that he was motivated solely by the spirit of fair play and the spirit of love and Jesus. Even though, in addition to the fact he was the union boss, de facto director of the league, and player agent for some of the league's top talent (Bobby Orr being one), you give him the benefit of the doubt for not intervening to ensure that his empire didn't get labeled Brand X by the Soviets. I can't overcome that, so we can agree to disagree on that.
As for the Worlds, its unreasonable to expect the IIHF to postpone them until July to accommodate the Stanley Cup playoffs. Even if they did, the Canadian players still wouldn't come because, hey, its July! The rest of the World wants to play them in May.
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