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07-28-2008, 06:17 AM
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While the idea of having Swe, Finns, Czech and may be SUI and GER teams is great, I find it so difficult to implement, that I almost believe that it's never going to happen. Call me pessimist, but I think sooner than later former Soviet teams, especially Belo-Russian and Latvian will quit the league as well - crazy travel schedule, tough to wrestle with "big" team's budgets and etc.

Unlike some yahoos I don't think this league will rival with the NHL not in the next 10 years for sure, but poach a player here n there - sure. Still arguably second best league in the world. I am a bit bitter that CSKA lost so many players too...

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08-12-2008, 02:58 AM
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out with the excess russian teams, in with some swedish, finnish, and german teams
According to Bild Berlin the Polar Bears Berlin have received an invitation to join the KHL. Manager Lee has confirmed the invitation, but his further comments on the offer are meaningless blah.

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08-12-2008, 03:52 AM
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The Swedes and Finns are more likely to start their own league together (they appear to be working on it).

As the Swedish teams aren't built around ownership, but rather sponsors, TV contracts (which is said to be better then what the NHL have) and attendance revenue, I'm not sure how they will do in the KHL. They would need to project with a high attendance to manage the economy, but if that fails they might be in trouble. And people in Sweden don't seem to be interested in watching KHL games.

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08-20-2008, 04:30 AM
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Yekaterinburg Russia 5th largest populated city and Ural capital, can't ice a team.

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a real pitty !!!! but both Ekaterinburgh teams are VL teams !!
Yet it is regrettable !!

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out with the excess russian teams, in with some swedish, finnish, and german teams
Do not forget swiss teams !! Swiss are quite good at a club level !!!
Hockey is popular in Switzerland and is gaining ground ... at the expense of soccer ... and because new fans are emerging.

Then do not forget that the biggest european attendance in Hockey is in Switzerland : Bern ... average of 16500 fans per game !!!

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08-21-2008, 12:08 AM
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The Eisbaeren Berlin would be the natural candidate for expansion to Germany, but as they are owned by Anschutz, I deem it to be highly unlikely, that they (and thus any German team) will take part in the KHL anytime (soon).
I thought Anschutz owned the Hamburg Freezers, does he own Eisbaeren as well?

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08-27-2008, 09:15 AM
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Yup, he owns both teams.

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