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04-28-2013, 01:04 AM
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Fascinating thread. Most people can agree that the KHL is not always on the up-and-up, at least when compared to North American hockey. And I can imagine any young, talented, competitive kid getting a little pissed if he feels his future is being dictated to him. Maybe (possibly?) even pissed enough to buy out his contract.

No idea if Putin was involved. But it's curious. And it's really, really funny to watch people act as if this could never, ever happen. Without hesitation.

Patronage takes many forms.

Again, no idea if Putin was involved behind his role at gracious host. Just like I have no idea how money moves between Russian oligarchs and its political leadership.

But it's naive to think it's impossible.

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