i can't blame him because he's obviously very comfortable in his situation. but it seems marek might also be too proud of his own abilities to even think about coming over unless he's blown away by an offer. makes the trade for avery that much better looking.
Wasn't that the very same demands he made of the Rangers? I seem to remember reading that he wanted a One-Way deal and a very expensive contract, to come here.
Yep.I read Lombardi met with Marek in the Czech Republic but Marek wanted a one way deal.Last fall,Don Maloney and Cameron Hope flew all the way to Russia to watch Marek play and he came up with the flu.A few months later,the Rangers traded his rights to LA
I'm not sure about that. RSL has surpassed AHL. In the next 5 year RSL will surpass NHL. Their draft will beat ours.
I wouldn't put money on that. The RSL is getting better, sure, but the NHL will continue to outshine it by some margin for a long while to come.
Even if the RSL gets the cream of the crop of Russian draftees, the league will remain less attractive to Western Europeans than the NHL. You can sign a huge contract in Russia, but you can't always guarantee that it'll be honoured. Teams in Russia have had trouble paying their players too often, too recently, for the RSL to be considered a superior choice for the world's best players.
Overall, the best hockey players in the world still come out of Canada anyway.
I dunno about that. The NHL will still attract all the N.A. players, its share of Russian players, as well as Swedish, Finnish and others who may rather live in the U.S. or Canada than in Russia. With all that, it'll be tough to surpass the NHL.
The RSL will never be able to surpass the NHL because of the fact that it doesn't have the money to offer up that the NHL has, and most North American players will rather stay in the NHL. Plus, the RSL has some ties to the Russian Mafia, and that strays away some talent... it's a big reason why a lot of players are scared to defect from there. Malkin had to hide... the Fedorov and Bure fiascos... even Zherdev's problems.