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03-06-2013, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by CoolForumNamePending View Post
Nearly half the '98 Czech Roster was European based players. The rosters of the two finalists in '06 had 12 European based players between them. As long as the KHL is around from here on out it is probably safe to say at least a third of the Russian roster is going to be from outside the NHL. My point is if you want to have a legit 'best vs best' tournament it is going to require the co-operations of more than just the NHL and NHLPA. You are going to need to have the national federations and pro leagues in Europe on board as well.
But does it really matter? These silly little tournaments prove nothing. The teams are thrown together with little or no practise. And then one bad day and you're out of the medals. Seems pretty pointless to me. So, as long as you can boast enough big names in the tourney to make some bucks, does it really matter?

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