Finnish club to join KHL, future of ET
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12-08-2012, 11:38 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
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was rumored before but their financial and owner situation is now in state where I don't see it happening. Plus their fanbase is too small.
imho would be the only team in Finland that might and could do it... though their owner has been more towards European League in his talks. Maybe Kärpät too?
I'm tired of SM-Liiga's management to running the league so poorly in many departments so if my favourite team would leave it someday... I wouldn't mind. I support the team not the league.
I think that with better marketing, Blues could come up with new fans if they would rebrand it as "the Finnish team in KHL". Maybe even change it's name (Espoo Mannerheims
). Blues wouldn't be an opposing team to HIFK or Jokerit anymore so starting a new, Finnish team in KHL could possibly get some fans from Helsinki region. In few years there will be an underground station near the Barona Arena so trip from Helsinki to Espoo wouldn't have to be done with your own car or by bus. Would be quite cool when you could take the underground to Helsinki's center to party the victory over "some Russian team". Fan trips to other arenas would be a completely different story though.
However, I doubt that Blues could build enough competitive team to be successful in KHL. Jokerit could but I can't see them leaving FEL.
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