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12-10-2012, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
Meh, this is an old story now. KHL should continue to focus on making itself a better league so the best players chpose to stay at home, rather than risk their careers. If and when NHL respects it as an equal, or a near equal, then it would make sense to have deal. Otherwise, why even go to NHL at all if a very good or even better league (with time) can be played at home?

NHL also has this rule (which is dumb in the case of pro European players) where the rookies must sign cheap, 2-way contracts. It makes sense for juniors, but they are shooting themselves in the leg when it comes to being lucrative to other professionals.

It's not all about making it to the NHL, and there is no ethical reason why KHL can't compete for players on equal basis as NHL.
Completely disagree. As long as the NHL has the best players from all over the world, it will be the best league to play in.

The NHL has the best NA, European and Russian players in it right now. The NA part will never change, and as long as that changes I don't see the Euro part ever changing. The KHL could hope to one day be able to attract the best Russian players in the world, but as long as players like Ovechkin, Malkin, Grigorenko and Yakupov are stars in the NHL, this is not going to change.

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I can't imaging many young kids growing up saying "I want to be like Radulov". I see far more growing up saying "I want to be like Datsyuk/Ovechkin/Malkin/Yakupov"

Sure they can make more money in the first few years in the KHL rather than playing minor pro in NA, but long term they will never be able to compete. In NA you're playing in front of 15,000+ fans every night, you're treated like a God, the endorsement deals are as good or better than they could be in the KHL, you're exposure to the world is greater. This gives you a better opportunity to develop a career after hockey, whether its investing, or a second career as a media member or a player agent like Larionov.

Given its current state, I don't see the KHL ever being more than a league for 2nd tier europeans who have the opportunity to make more money as first liners/stars in the KHL than secondary pieces in the best league in the world.

Also I apologize as this is getting slightly off-topic.

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