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02-13-2013, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by cska78 View Post
i don't understand what's the problem for Latvia that has 3 teams in MHL-B, one in MHL-A, and one in the KHL...
In addition all the MHL-B teams participate in the Latvian league as well. The weakness of Latvian league is not on KHL that's for sure.

Right now there's no market for another single decent team in Latvia. Why?

First of all, Dinamo is attracting an overwhelming majority of the hockey fanbase in general. If you want to compete with DR, you have to steal a part of their fanbase.

Now because DR does not adhere to free market principles, the local players are receiving disproportional salaries relative to their skill level and so on, it is impossible to compete with Dinamo, unless some billionaire pops up, who's willing to waste millions in the same manner. But that is not going to happen.

As long as Dinamo exists, a decent Latvian league is a utopia.

That's not to mention another side-effect of the emergence of KHL - top tier Latvian players are no longer willing to compete for a place in the NHL as much as they did before, because the salary they're offered in the KHL is disproportionally high. From their viewpoint, it might become irrational to try to land a basic entry-level contract with an NHL side through the junior leagues/AHL, when they can just get signed by a KHL club. It impedes player development at the elite level.

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