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For or Against: Merger with the KHL and add a European Division?

View Poll Results: Would you like to see a KHL merger with a European division?
Yes 43 17.62%
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01-07-2013, 04:07 PM
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For or Against: Merger with the KHL and add a European Division?

I've seen this brought up before just wondering what the overall opinions are on it.

It's one hell of an expansion but I think it could work.

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01-07-2013, 04:17 PM
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Club World Cup is an idea, but this? No way.

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01-07-2013, 04:20 PM
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Maybe in the post Bettman era, but on paper I like it

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Just wait until the poor fellow drafted by a Siberian team pulls a Lindros.

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01-07-2013, 05:20 PM
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It's one hell of an expansion but I think it could work.
The NHL CBA is more or less completely illegal in Europe. Even the KHL equivalent of the CBA is "interpreted differently" for teams in non-Russian countries.

There would have to be major changes.

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01-07-2013, 05:21 PM
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Terrible idea.

Time zones make it difficult. Different cultures/sporting beliefs make it laughable. The legality of it makes it impossible.

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01-07-2013, 06:08 PM
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Don't know what to answer...

-Strongly in favor of adding a European Division to NHL.
-Against Merger with the KHL.

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01-07-2013, 06:10 PM
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Until the travel advances to the point where it's a two hour flight overseas this is impossible.. in all sports with the exception of American football weirdly.

Personally,if it could happen, I'd like it because it would likely grow the game even more being under the NHL

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01-07-2013, 07:28 PM
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Absolutely, grow the game grow the league.

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01-07-2013, 07:31 PM
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Club World Cup is an idea, but this? No way.
I think this would be better. Less traveling and still get to see some other leagues play. Could be compared to games being played in Europe at the start the the season over the past few years.

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I'm a huge fan of a KHL merger, but honestly they need to focus on a self sustaining league before we could even being to think about merging the two. As far as the kid drafted by the Siberian team.....Tough **** and play hockey.

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01-07-2013, 07:39 PM
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Let the NBA try their European expansion first and see how it goes.

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I would personally enjoy it, but the logistics are too much currently. Would require a very fine schedule, with each team doing all their cross-oceanic games at once, and maybe only one game against each of those teams at most.

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01-07-2013, 07:50 PM
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I'd like a European league to affiliate with the NHL, but definitely not have a European division that the NHL teams would play against during the season. It would just be way too much of a hassle. I'd like to see something like a club world cup, like was previous mentioned. Maybe the Eastern Conference winner, Western Conference winner, KHL champion and one other Euro team play in a 4 team tournament to decide the Stanley Cup champion.

Of course I would only be okay with this if the KHL keeps growing and maybe adds more non Russian teams, and keeps growing their league, because the teams that would play in a Club World Cup would have to be as good as the NHL teams.

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01-07-2013, 07:55 PM
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A global hockey league would be awesome... on a computer or gaming platform.

In real life it's logistically impossible.

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I would love to see this happen but with time zones it makes it difficult plus cultures are different in Russia then North America.

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Let the NBA try their European expansion first and see how it goes.
i think it would do better then NHL. Londan and Paris would get teams for NBA and NOT for NHL.

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I just want the absolute best players in the world in one league playing each other.

I want to see the BEST 700 players all the time.

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How many non-NHL teams could even afford to spend $30m a year on players? A club cup could work but even that would mean the NHL would have to alter its already too long of a season.

They tried to put together a Euro club tournament before and it didn't last long. Maybe some of our finer friends there can explain why it didn't survive.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europea...ey_League_1997

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01-07-2013, 08:36 PM
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Apparently the KHL isn't even willing to adhere to an agreement signed recently with the NHL to respect contracts. As such, the NHL is not at all likely to enter into a contract with them and merge. No chance of this happening, period.

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01-07-2013, 10:11 PM
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I can't see it working since there will be less money made for a while by adding games between the leagues. If you take some of the weakest markets like Phoenix in the NHL they would seem like an absolute cash cow with hoards of fans in the stands, compare to many of the small arena teams with cheap ticket prices in Europe and the KHL ( in many of their cities ).

To make any kind of game format work between the 2 leagues you would need to cut some regular season games from the NHL just to get time for playing some kind of Cup or cross league games ( and since the games played in NA are much more profitable it would be hard to do. )

Likely the closest you could do is to find some way to bring over a few teams from the KHL or whatever league to come through and play some NHL teams in our country and arenas to maximize revenue, but I doubt the KHL and the other leagues would want to do that every year

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Apparently the KHL isn't even willing to adhere to an agreement signed recently with the NHL to respect contracts. As such, the NHL is not at all likely to enter into a contract with them and merge. No chance of this happening, period.
Did Bob McKenzie tell you this?

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I would love to see NHL teams that go to Europe spend their whole preseasons there and play more exhibition games with KHL teams and I would also like to see KHL teams come over during their international breaks and play a couple midseason games with NHL teams before they play a couple regular season games in Canada or the US. I know that would be unlikely, but it would be great way to keep a gauge on where both these leagues are at. I am not in favor of a merger though. They are two different games and cultures and I think they should stay that way.

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Maybe once we have readily available commercial hypersonic jet technology.

Until then? No.

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You would have 5 cities that are no brainers with the metro population size, money, basic infrastructure, hockey fan base and history to accommodate a viable NHL franchise. Moscow (over 10M pop), Prague (2M+), Stockholm (2M+), Zurich (1.8M), Helsinki (1.4M).


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