Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-07-2012, 02:17 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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That is not an excuse, that's just a bunch of babble.
Russian, and not only Russian NHLers make it to WC
year after year, even after 2nd round playoff exits, while they're NHL teammates (Ahem like Crosby) don't. These guys contribute to the National team significantly.
And if the NHL team doesn't make the playoffs 2 weeks is MORE than plenty of time for recuperation. Apparently less is enough to start playoffs, so why not some short WC tournament? Especially for the pros.
And actually, last year the KHL finalists had something like 3 days before the start of WC and were on top line with Malkin. BTW, KHL NT players play 56 games + 12 Eurotour games. Their camps also start in July, while NHL starts in mid-September.
This has been done forever. If you really believe these excuses you have to be delusional, because their teammates are doing the exact opposite.
That's the argument right there.
Fact is American and Canadian players just don't have the same passion for international play.
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