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12-13-2012, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by octopi View Post
You sound like you're implying Russia is a terrible place. I'd venture to guess it's not any worse than a lot of US states.
I was thinking this too after a few of the comments here. "Stuck in Russia", "career suicide"... perhaps the KHL isn't quite the NHL, but it isn't some far-flung beer league. For a lot of players, it probably makes more sense to star in Russia than to be a mid-tier player in North America. The culture barrier is the biggest challenge, but that hasn't stopped Russians from moving westward over the past 20 years.

If O'Reilly finds a better situation in Russia, good for him. It kinda sucks for the Avalanche, but then again they still have complete control of the situation if they really want him.

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