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07-16-2013, 04:07 PM
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Neither team would take it seriously, and because of that it would be meaningless.

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FWIW, KHL v. NHL exhibitions have usually been very close.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_KHL_vs_NHL_games
Has the khl ever come to NA to play the NHL, or has it always been NHL exhibition games in Europe?

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I would like cup of loosers for unsuccessful team which dont reach play off. As in tour de france winners wear various jerseys. Winner of loosers cup could wear jesters (jokerit) jersey and i would cheer for them, cause they have balls to celebrate it....seriously if u are a fan of poor club without chance to win, play off is sometimes flustration. U would like to see more games of ur club. And logically it has to be club from diff league. Players like more games then training

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It's laughable people or should I say Russian people think that a one off series or game between The Stanley Cup (WORLD) club champion versus an inferior league's top club can even determine anything. Most Russians (Meaning the average Russian Hockey player) can't handle the rigours of the NHL physically and it's seen yearly in the playoffs and even regular season when their players just can not elevate their games to the war like atmosphere that it brings. I would love to see a 7 game series in which Boston or Los Angeles play a khl team and just send their players into the ice baths for days. It's a grind and grueling process filled with pain to win in the NHL, it isn't an easy game like it is in the khl where teams just stand back and wait for the mouse to come and then earn or should I say are given paychecks.


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I dont believe it.

The Victoria showed some success. And there were other type of games like this which shows success with less $$ being offered.

Stop saying the NHL will never. Because it was like 5 years ago when they actually did play KHL teams lol. a few times

stop saying, no superstars played, because guys like Lundqvist, Zherdev, Sharp, Keith and others players. I believe Kane and Toews played too and lost.

Stop saying they didnt play hard. How hard do you want them to play? Go out and kill the other guy? They played fine and I will look for it on line to watch again.
There's a big difference between a pre-season exhibition warm up game and a meaningful cross-league championship game. Personally I'm all for the exhibition games, not just the KHL but you could throw other leagues in there as well, and I'm sure the majority of NHL fans feel this way.

Just as far as a cross-league championship game goes I think we're still maybe 20 years away (my own rough guestimate) from both sides having a serious discussion on this. I was saying this even before the KHL was formed, but if European hockey wants to compete with the NHL they need to drop the football style elite league format and have a unified league with teams in major cities with expansion into Western Europe. Like Canada Russia can provide a good portion of the talent, but they need their own version of the USA to start bringing in the big $$$.

KHL will be off to a good start if they can get that team in Milan and (where was the other one?), but personally I still see it as too much of a 'Russian first' league.

As things are now I'd suggest that the KHL asking the NHL for a cross-league championship series would be the same thing as the AHL asking the KHL for one. And there are so many parallel arguments you could make with that!

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Business 101, never acknowledge competition that is beneath you, it only weakens your brand. Someday the KHL might get there but they are going to have to slug it out for a while. Pepsi spent years marketing against Coke, once Coke actually started paying attention and responding is when you knew Pepsi had really made a considerable dent into them. The NHL doesn't need to respond to the KHL yet, the NHL brand would bring a credibility to the KHL that they don't want them to have and certainly doesn't give near enough upside for the NHL itself to consider.

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FWIW, KHL v. NHL exhibitions have usually been very close.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_KHL_vs_NHL_games
These were all on international ice. Have them come here and an NHL team would truck any KHL team. Those that think the two leagues are on par with eachother are sorely misinformed. To the Op's question, this would never happen as the NHL has nothing to gain whatsoever from a series like this.

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These were all on international ice. Have them come here and an NHL team would truck any KHL team. Those that think the two leagues are on par with eachother are sorely misinformed. To the Op's question, this would never happen as the NHL has nothing to gain whatsoever from a series like this.
I'm not so sure.

During the old Super Series, average 'non-stacked' Soviet league teams had no difficulty competing against NHL on small ice. And upper tier KHL clubs are more talented than some of those old Soviet clubs that participated (like Dynamo Riga, Khimik, etc.)

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I'm not so sure.

During the old Super Series, average 'non-stacked' Soviet league teams had no difficulty competing against NHL on small ice. And upper tier KHL clubs are more talented than some of those old Soviet clubs that participated (like Dynamo Riga, Khimik, etc.)
The game has become much faster and stronger since those old series though. The KHL in comparison is much softer, and it definitely has something to do with the larger surface.

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The game has become much faster and stronger since those old series though. The KHL in comparison is much softer, and it definitely has something to do with the larger surface.
No way.

Although there are still huge stylistic differences, hockey (globally) is a much more uniform game than it was 20+ years ago.

Russian hockey today (KHL) is more 'North Americanized' than it was in Soviet times.

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These were all on international ice. Have them come here and an NHL team would truck any KHL team. Those that think the two leagues are on par with eachother are sorely misinformed. To the Op's question, this would never happen as the NHL has nothing to gain whatsoever from a series like this.
I can understand the arrogance of some NA posters. NHL is the best league right now, but at the same time a lot of NA fans certainly underestimate the KHL. Let me remind the historical record of NHL vs russian teams games (all games from 1975 to 1989 were played in NA on small rinks with NHL rules):
Home team mentioned first

1975-1976
28.12.1975: NY Rangers - CSKA 3-7
29.12.1975: Pittsburgh - Krylia Sovetov 4-7
31.12.1976: Montreal - CSKA 3-3
04.01.1976: Buffalo - Krylia Sovetov 12-6
07.01.1976: Chicago - Krylia Sovetov 2-4
08.01.1976: Boston - CSKA 2-5
10.01.1976: NY Islanders - Krylia Sovetov 1-2
11.01.1976: Philadelphia - CSKA 4-1

Record: 2-1-5 (31:35)

1977-1978
28.12.1977: Vancouver Canucks - Spartak Moscow 2-0
03.01.1978: Colorado Rockies - Spartak Moscow 3-8
05.01.1978: St. Louis Blues - Spartak Moscow 1-2
06.01.1978: Montreal Canadiens - Spartak Moscow 5-2
08.01.1978: Atlanta Flames - Spartak Moscow 1-2

Record : 2 - 0 - 3 (12:14)
Accumulated: 4 - 1 - 8 (43:59)

1978-79
31.12.1978: Minnesota North Stars - Krylia Sovetov 5-8
02.01.1979: Philadelphia Flyers - Krylia Sovetov 4-4
04.01.1979: Detroit Red Wings - Krylia Sovetov 5-4
09.01.1979: Boston Bruins - Krylia Sovetov 1-4

Record: 1 - 1 - 2 (15:20)
Accumulated: 5 - 2 - 10 (58:79)

1979-80
26.12.1979: Vancouver Canucks - Dynamo Moscow 6-2
27.12.1979: NY Rangers - CSKA 2-5
29.12.1979: NY Islanders - CSKA 2-3
31.12.1979: Montreal Canadiens - CSKA 4-2
02.01.1980: Winnipeg Jets - Dynamo Moscow 0-7
03.01.1980: Buffalo Sabres - CSKA 6-1
04.01.1980: Edmonton Oilers - Dynamo Moscow 1-4
06.01.1980: Quebec Nordiques - CSKA 4-6
08.01.1980: Washington Capitals - Dynamo Moscow 5-5

Record: 3 - 1 - 5 (31:35)
Accumulated: 8 - 3 - 15 (89:114)

1982-1983
28.12.1982: Edmonton Oilers - USSR 4-3
30.12.1982: Quebec Nordiques - USSR 0-3
31.12.1982: Montreal Canadiens - USSR 0-5
02.01.1983: Calgary Flames - USSR 3-2
04.01.1983: Minnesota North Stars - USSR 3-6
06.01.1983: Philadelphia Flyers - USSR 1-5

These games will not be included in the stats

1985-1986
26.12.1985: Los Angeles Kings - CSKA 2-5
27.12.1985: Edmonton Oilers - CSKA 3-6
29.12.1985: Quebec Nordiques - CSKA 5-1
29.12.1985: Calgary Flames - Dynamo Moscow 4-3
31.12.1985: Montreal Canadiens - CSKA 1-6
02.01.1986: St. Louis Blues - CSKA 2-4
04.01.1986: Minnesota North Stars - CSKA 3-4
04.01.1986: Pittsburgh Penguins - Dynamo Moscow 3-3
06.01.1986: Boston Bruins - Dynamo Moscow 4-6
08.01.1986: Buffalo Sabres - Dynamo Moscow 4-7

Record: 2 - 1 - 7 (31:45)
Accumulated: 10 - 4 - 22 (120:159)

1988-1989
26.12.1988: Quebec Nordiques - CSKA 5-5
27.12.1988: Calgary Flames - Dynamo Riga 2-2
28.12.1988: Edmonton Oilers - Dynamo Riga 2-1
29.12.1988: NY Islanders - CSKA 2-3
30.12.1988: Vancouver Cancucks - Dynamo Riga 6-1
31.12.1988: Boston Bruins - CSKA 4-5
31.12.1988: Los Angeles Kings - Dynamo Riga 3-5
02.01.1989: New Jersey - CSKA 0-5
04.01.1989: Pittsburgh - CSKA 4-2
04.01.1989: Chicago Blackhawks - Dynamo Riga 4-1
05.01.1989: St. Louis Blues - Dynamo Riga 5-0
07.01.1989: Hartford Whalers - CSKA 1-2
07.01.1989: Minnesota North Stars - Dynamo Riga 1-6
09.01.1989: Buffalo Sabres - CSKA 6-5

Record 6 - 2 - 6 (44:43)
Accumulated: 16 - 6 - 28 (164:202)

1989-1990
14.09.1989: Khimik Voskresensk - Calgary Flames 2-4
15.09.1989: Spartak Moscow - Washington Capitals 7-8
16.09.1989: Sokol Kiev - Calgary 2-5
16.09.1989: Dynamo Moscow - Washington Capitals 7-2
18.09.1989: Krylia Sovetov - Calgary Flames 2-3 OT
19.09.1989: Dynamo Riga - Washington Capitals 1-2
20.09.1989: CSKA - Calgary Flames 2-1
21.09.1989: SKA Leningrad - Washington Capitals 4-5
04.12.1989: Los Angeles Kings - Khimik Voskresensk 3-6
06.12.1989: Edmonton Oilers - Khimik Voskresensk 6-3
08.12.1989: Calgary Flames - Khimik Voskresensk 6-3
10.12.1989: Detroit Red Wings - Khimik Voskresensk 2-4
12.12.1989: Washington Capitals - Khimik Voskresensk 3-2
14.12.1989: St. Louis Blues - Khimik Voskresensk 3-6
26.12.1989: NY Islanders - Krylia Sovetov 5-4
26.12.1989: Winnipeg Jets - CSKA 4-1
27.12.1989: Hartford Whalers - Krylia Sovetov 4-3
29.12.1989: Vancouver Canucks - CSKA 0-6
29.12.1989: Pittsburgh Penguins - Dynamo Moscow 2-5
31.12.1989: Quebec Nordiques - Krylia Sovetov 4-4
31.12.1989: Toronto Maple Leafs - Dynamo Moscow 4-7
01.01.1990: NY Rangers - Soviet Wings 1-3
02.01.1990: Minnesota North Stars - CSKA 2-4
03.01.1990: Buffalo Sabres - Dynamo Moscow 4-2
03.01.1990: Montreal Canadiens - Krylia Sovetov 2-1
06.01.1990: New Jersey Devils - Dynamo Moscow 7-1
07.01.1990: Chicago Blackhawks - CSKA 4-6
09.01.1990: Boston Bruins - Dynamo Moscow 1-3
09.01.1990: Philadelphia Flyers - CSKA 4-5

Record: 15 - 1 - 13 (101:106)
Accumulated: 31 - 7 - 41 (265:308)

1990-1991
12.09.1990: SKA Leningrad - Montreal Canadiens 3-5
13.09.1990: Spartak Moscow - Minnesota North Stars 8-3
14.09.1990: Dynamo Riga - Montreal Canadiens 2-4
15.09.1990: Krylia Sovetov - Minnesota North Stars 3-2
16.09.1990: Dynamo Moscow - Montreal Canadiens 4-1
17.09.1990: Khimik Voskresensk - Minnesota North Stars 2-3
18.09.1990: CSKA - Montreal Canadiens 3-2
19.09.1990: Sokol Kiev - Minnesota North Stars 5-0
03.12.1990: Los Angeles Kings - Khimik Voskresensk 5-1
05.12.1990: St. Louis Blues - Khimik Voskresensk 4-2
08.12.1990: NY Islanders - Khimik Voskresensk 2-2
10.12.1990: Montreal Canadiens - Khimik Voskresensk 3-6
12.12.1990: Buffalo Sabres - Khimik Voskresensk 4-5
16.12.1990: Boston Bruins - Khimik Voskresensk 2-5
18.12.1990: Minnesota North Stars - Khimik Voskresensk 6-4
26.12.1990: Detroit Red Wings - CSKA 2-5
31.12.1990: NY Rangers - CSKA 1-6
01.01.1991: Toronto Maple Leafs - Dynamo Moscow 7-4
01.01.1991: Chicago Blackhawks - CSKA 2-4
03.01.1991: Hartford Whalers - Dynamo Moscow 0-0
04.01.1991: Calgary Flames - CSKA 4-6
06.01.1991: New Jersey Devils - Dynamo Moscow 2-2
06.01.1991: Edmonton Oilers - CSKA 4-2
08.01.1991: Washington Capitals - Dynamo Moscow 3-2
09.01.1991: Winnipeg Jets - CSKA 4-6
10.01.1991: Philadelphia Flyers - Dynamo Moscow 1-4
12.01.1991: Pittsburgh Penguins - Dynamo Moscow 3-4
13.01.1991: Vancouver Canucks - CSKA 3-4
15.01.1991: Quebec Nordiques - Dynamo Moscow 1-4

Record: 9 - 3- 17 (82:105)
Accumulated: 40 - 10 - 58 (337:413)

TOTAL: 108 games
NHL teams won 40 (37%)
russian teams won 58 (54%)
10 games (9%) tied


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It's laughable people or should I say Russian people think that a one off series or game between The Stanley Cup (WORLD) club champion versus an inferior league's top club can even determine anything. Most Russians (Meaning the average Russian Hockey player) can't handle the rigours of the NHL physically and it's seen yearly in the playoffs and even regular season when their players just can not elevate their games to the war like atmosphere that it brings. I would love to see a 7 game series in which Boston or Los Angeles play a khl team and just send their players into the ice baths for days. It's a grind and grueling process filled with pain to win in the NHL, it isn't an easy game like it is in the khl where teams just stand back and wait for the mouse to come and then earn or should I say are given paychecks.
Who ever has home ice advantage would win.

Laughable to think bottom six sluggers can keep up to KHL teams on big ice and skate circles around them.

Since NHL has better talent I think they would overwhelm at home but on big ice the games would be close.

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Who ever has home ice advantage would win.

Laughable to think bottom six sluggers can keep up to KHL teams on big ice and skate circles around them.

Since NHL has better talent I think they would overwhelm at home but on big ice the games would be close.
In a one game event anyone can win, this is sport, and as history has shown from Basketball to Wrestling on any given night anything can happen. In the khl there is barely any defensemen who has the ability to rush the puck, there is barely any defensemen who can physically manhandle opponents with brute strength, there is barely one defensemen who knows what it means to CLEAR the front of the net. This is just talking about their dmen. NHL teams would expose these dmen like nothing. And i'm not talking about the Carolina's of the world like you dudes keep bringing up as if it were your Stanley Cup. If the best khl team was included in an 82 game schedule and had to compete in the playoffs, do you think they can last more then one round? Dynamo Moscow would get torched, and that's a team that's won two straight. The standard of play is nowhere near the vicinity and and capabilities and intensity the NHL brings. And those bottom six sluggers , well guess who formed a team at the Worlds to beat a Russian team full of ooo so great offensive talent? Can bottom line players in the khl ever beat a Team Canada with Sidney Crosby on it? In your dreams ;P Common get your head on straight. This is not figure skating, this is Ice Hockey, there's more to this game then skating. The coaching, the systems, the aggressiveness is at a minimum intellect when compared to the NHL. And don't get me started on proving it, if you want visuals we'll make it easy for you and your comrades.


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I don't like the whole champion concet. But I'd love to see exhibition, or even all star games. Break away from the "Americanization" of hockey here. I think an all star game between the two every year would be fantastic. The somewhat casual fans would be interested in former NHL'ers like Kovi would be playing. The hardcore NHL fans would get more exposure to the KHL. The KHL gains fans either way. The NHL gets taken more seriously, imo. I think it'd be great. Why not make it more like international football, and less like the NBA.

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I'm not so sure.

During the old Super Series, average 'non-stacked' Soviet league teams had no difficulty competing against NHL on small ice. And upper tier KHL clubs are more talented than some of those old Soviet clubs that participated (like Dynamo Riga, Khimik, etc.)
Well that's pretty obvious. Like I've been trying to say hockey games between the two leagues back then was essentially Canada vs Russia, and everyone knows that's always a close matchup.

In the more recent decades however the Soviet Union collapsed while the NHL underwent major growth and expansion welcoming the best players from across Europe alongside the Canadians and an increasing number of American players.

I'm pretty sure the RSL days were a step below the old Soviet leagues, so it's likely that the KHL is just getting Russian hockey back to where it was at it's peak. The NHL on the other hand has grown a ton. Any NHL vs KHL competition would be the players from Canada+USA and the best of the crop from Sweden/Finland/Czech/Slovakia/etc and a handful of the very best Russians vs the players from Russia and left over palyers from Sweden/Finland/Czech/Canada/etc.

Olympic hockey is the ultimate judge here. Both NHL and KHL have a good selection of players from numerous countries. But for the best on best tournaments those countries pick NHL players to represent them, even Russia is lead by NHL'ers.

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Any chance we can arrange the NHL champions playing the KHL champions anytime soon. Just to remind people what the best league is? It could be a 7 game, 5 game or even a single game at a neutral site or home ice advantage. Itd be interesting to see this.
The worst team in the NHL, the top team in the AHL and the top team in the KHL should have a series. The worst NHL team would still rag doll the other two but it would be fun to watch.

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one side of the ice would be NHL, the other KHL. Players would have to adjust on the fly once they crossed the center line.
That's actually a great idea...

I would even add: NHL sized rink on the NHL team's side and KHL sized rink for the KHL team.

It would be a total carnage!

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Isn't NHL dropout Kevin Dallman the best defenseman in the KHL?

Yeah, I wouldn't be too worried.

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Honestly, I never really cared for the KHL at all but I've started to dislike it because they are taking players from the NHL away (recent example being Kovy) and it's no fun at all. Players from the NHL are sailing away on a train driving on the KHL road and it's very unfortunate.

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It would be cool to see.

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I find in a lot of these threads some European posters try to spin KHL/NHL debates into things they are not, such as:

1) POTENTIAL of what the KHL could be vs. the NHL
2) Old results of European teams against NHL clubs
3) Quality of European players vs. North American players.

The debate about NHL vs. KHL is NOT the same as North America vs. Europe in hockey terms. The latter is a debate. The former isn't... literally every single North American of note plays in the NHL, and a VAST majority of Europeans do as well... yet somehow it's spun like the KHL is close to the NHL by some posters. How on earth does someone reach this conclusion?

Due to the fact there are a lot of good hockey players in the world, more than one single 30 team league can hold, it's absolutely possible a KHL team could beat an NHL team in one game. The Chicago Blackhawks were Cup champs this year- did they win every single game? Nope. Could they have in theory lost to the last place team in the NHL? Sure. So if they could lose to the 30th best team in the world (if you believe all the best teams are in the NHL) then there isn't any reason they could lose to the 31st team in the world, the 40th, etc.... you'd have go much further down the list to get to a point where the lower ranked team wouldn't have a chance in a one-off situation. Over an extended period of time is a different story.

The size of the ice, standard of officiating, etc. are also elements for sure, more so than most NHL fans realise. The NHL has almost all the star power in the hockey world, but the success of secondary stars and depth players is definitely contingent on those elements. A good player in the KHL that failed at the NHL level may be a better than a 3rd line NHL player if both players are playing in the KHL.

But let's look at the factors I posted above:

1) Could the KHL become a league on par or better to the NHL? Sure it could. There are plenty of reasons why, and I think this realistic potential clouds the vision of some KHL fans as to what the KHL is NOW. Many North Americans are very ignorant and dismissive of the KHL's potential and I have no problem admitting that. The KHL's goal is to attract all star Europeans at which point they'd be on par with the NHL. That's their GOAL which could realistically be attained in the FUTURE... but the present REALITY is that they attract MAYBE 75% of the NHL calibre players from Russia (NONE being elite talent before Kovalchuk) and lower end NHL players of other nationalities with the occasional good non-Russian European. That's it. That's all they're attracting at this present time.

2) Using results of Soviet teams against NHL clubs from the 70's is completely ridiculous and has no baring on the present discussion. Back then those NHL clubs were almost entirely Canadian with the odd star from another country- now they're stacked with stars from the USA, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia... and oh yes, Russia as well. Back then, there was an air of mystery amongst those teams that came over for exhibition. These days, those teams are compromised of players who have been scouted extensively by the NHL and in most (but not all) cases were not considered good enough.

Post-1990, at which point it had become standard for elite European players to come to the NHL, and which point the RSL had not substantially risen above other European leagues.... take a look at the results of NHL teams against European teams. NHL losses are VERY rare, in spite of the NHL teams not icing full rosters and playing on foreign ice. Some people will endlessly cling to the Carolina loss to SKA which is ONE out of three KHL/NHL games, the other two which were won by the NHL in spite of all being played on European ice and the fact that the games no doubt of far less prestige for the NHL clubs playing. Generally speaking, most "evidence" accumulated as to NHLers being overrated is from games taking place on European ice which undoubtedly mean more to European players, on a stage like the World Championship. The "evidence" of the NHL not being overrated is that some of these players excelling at the WC and in the KHL have tried to make NHL teams in the past and failed. (Or have been fringe players at the NHL level.) Not surprisingly home ice makes a difference.

3) We can debate whether Europe or North America produces better players. That debate is irrelevant because most of the best Europeans choose to play in North America, as explained above.

The bottom line is the two leagues are not near of equal level, no one should be under the delusion they are, so it would be silly for a Stanley Cup champion to play the KHL champion after already proving itself against a better team in the Stanley Cup final. Should there ever be reason to belief that the two leagues are equal (which could very well be the case in the future), then absolutely the two leagues should have some sort of series to determine global club supremacy.

But we are not at that point yet.

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It's laughable people or should I say Russian people think that a one off series or game between The Stanley Cup (WORLD) club champion versus an inferior league's top club can even determine anything. Most Russians (Meaning the average Russian Hockey player) can't handle the rigours of the NHL physically and it's seen yearly in the playoffs and even regular season when their players just can not elevate their games to the war like atmosphere that it brings. I would love to see a 7 game series in which Boston or Los Angeles play a khl team and just send their players into the ice baths for days. It's a grind and grueling process filled with pain to win in the NHL, it isn't an easy game like it is in the khl where teams just stand back and wait for the mouse to come and then earn or should I say are given paychecks.
Ever seen Dynamo Moscow play? They ARE LA kings of KHL. Ofcourse you havent. Dont talk **** about things dont have a clue.

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There we go, brec7 said it much better than I did... not that it will probably matter to some posters.

Here's an idea out of left field that could maybe work though. If the KHL wants to prove itself against the NHL rather than having the champion teams have a series, give the KHL champion a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's a little unorthodox but scheduling-wise it's something that would actually work, as I don't know the exact dates but the KHL palyoffs end about the same time as the NHL regular season to accommodate the WHC's.

While an NHL team would lose it's playoff spot and the revenue that goes with it, the novelty of it could be a big draw to the NHL.

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If there was ever some sort of legitimate NHL vs KHL competition, I would definitely cheer for the KHL side. I love underdogs and it would be awesome to see hfboards and the hockey world explode if the KHLers won...or the NHL/NA fans would brush it off like the world championships. The arrogance of North Americans here is astounding.

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