: Great Britain:
EPIHL and NIHL discussion thread
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04-05-2013, 07:17 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
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I don't think it needs to be taken to the EIHL thread because a reduction in import levels in the EIHL would have a direct impact on the quality of Brits in the EPL. Even with import levels as they are there are comments leaking out of the Steelers organisation with regards to a 'crisis' with their Brits not being good enough and suggestions they may have to dip their toe into EPL water to fulfill their needs.
Whilst at the same time making the hockey less appealing to many fans of current EIHL teams.
Does it? If the current 'need' for Brits in the EIHL is anything to go by an increased requirement will just push the wages up of even more mediocre British players who become 'valued' purely by grace of their nationality. This'll lead to an arms race such as we already have for the likes of Clarke, Myers, Meyers, Lachowitz, Murphy etc but for any Brit who can lace his own skates up, pricing out the smaller teams even more.
Its simple supply and demand.
- NA produces lots of hockey players, lots of supply.
-UK produces few hockey players, low supply.
- League imposes restrictions that mean high demand on low source of supply.
- Costs go up.
Not sure how much simpler the folly that is the belief 'reducing imports=cheaper' can be disproved.
Supply and demand, it makes the world go around.
Yes that's all true if you decided tomorrow lets reduce EIHL imports to 7 or 8 but I want a gradual reduction not an immediate drastic reduction.
Reduce to 10 for next season or the year after, keep it as that for a few years then put it down to 9 etc.
Work on a proper development plan for juniors to increase the supply of British players and wages will not go up and the small teams will not be priced out. A gradual reduction opens up roster places for British players and gives some guys a chance they may not get with the current limit, therefore they get better. The less appealing to fans argument is nulled and void because the British players get better and there is no noticeable decline in standard of the league.
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