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05-03-2013, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Jussi View Post
It's more to do with them being older players with family that don't want to leave home to Russia where they'd be socially more on the outside. It's why many Finnish KHL players don't have their family with them in KHL, even if they live in a "good city/area" and play for a good organization. Since daddy's there only a for a couple of seasons collecting retirement funds, no reason to uproot the family for that time period. A lot of these players have already their own built houses which they don't want leave. Not to mention the children's schools. E.g. Niklas Hagman's family lived in Pori because on their kids has a speech problem which requires a special teacher that one can only find in Finland.
These guys are career guys, thats how they make their living. So by that logic if Hagman was on a long term NHL deal he would quit once his retirement fund is set so he can go home and live in the nice house he built and send his son to a special school... I dont think so - Hagman has "uprooted" his family already by playing in the NHL for 10 + years. Playing in the KHL is like a vacation to him now - shorter season, closer to Finland, long mid season breaks for the tournaments so he can go home and visit family... oh and your right, the money is good for his pension fund too.
So by that logic, the KHL has a huge advantage over the NHL.

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