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05-01-2013, 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by metmag View Post
I think having a KHL team in a country with a strong domestic league has a less negative effect than non hockey countries. For a country like Latvia or Kazakhstan to have a team, the whole country has to be scouted in order to assemble a team, whereas expanding a team to Switzerland for example would mean one or two players from the NLA teams and some AHLers. The gaps would be filled by the NLB and the change to the domestic league would be unnoticeable in 2-4 years max. I think the Czech Republic is a perfect example of that, and can be directly compared to Sweden for example. Obviously I am not advocating SC Bern or Rogle to ditch their leagues(although I am quite shocked to find out how disposable top Swedish teams are to the Allsvenskan, never mind the KHL).
I agree that if only one team of these leagues would join the KHL the damage would be minimal to the league. But no team would join because they would not benefit from it.

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