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07-08-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by fedfed View Post
The most popular misconception is that, as someone said here, "European league would work, Russia plus a few European clubs won't".

Not that this statement is wrong, but it's completely taken out of context of trend.

Rome wasn't built in a day. You can't get 16, 18 or 20 European clubs to the league right away. However, if you look at the trend, KHL adds 1-2 European teams per year which is a positive sign. It has to begin somewhere - it did begin with Latvia and Belarus. Then Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland. Then most likely Poland, Italy and Austria.
Disagree with Poland. If I look at Olivia Gransk today, it seems that KHL leadership turned it down because Jokerit was almost done. You know, KHL has a few spots now, as you said, you can not send 3-5 russian clubs to KHL in one offseason and replaced them by euro clubs. It must be a proces during years. Club by club. So, KHL had 6 spots in march 2013, Medvescak and Admiral as done projects, Milan on radar (who knows?) and Jokerit as possible done deal, maybe some german club/s in negotiating process (?), talks with Red Bulls. Poland is not priority for KHL, Germany and Finland is/was. So, KHL turned down Olivia. If Olivia appeared in 2010, KHL would maybe accept the club, but not now. I dont say Olivia is failed project forever, I dont know, but I am sure there are other priorities - Germany, Sweden, Red Bulls and I am not sure about Milan anymore.


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KHL is very likely to start sending poor Russian clubs out in two or three years. No one wants more European clubs than KHL bosees themselves - that's the only way they may come ever close to profitability.

So before saying "it won't work", think of what KHL is gonna be in three or four years.
Agree

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