I think the KHL's success is better for the game overall. It can be a nice vehicle for growth in Europe. The KHL (with the cooperation of the other elite leagues) can do a much better job than the NHL.
I'd like to see the two leagues cooperate and respect each other (have legit compensation for buying players, and respecting contract lenghts - at this point both leagues have been less than well behaved)
agreed. a highly competitive trans-euro league would be the best thing for hockey. even if "we" lose guys to europe, at least they dont get lost in a lower league but could still be in the 2nd best league, and one we can still watch them in
the biggest issue is the dilution of talent, though. 24 teams in russia alone? tons more in sweden, finland, czech, etc? yet the nhl has only 30
if you go from making a trillion dollars a year to 800 billion, you still have a lot of money
some of you people make it sound like oil companies are going under because the price-per-barrel has gone down temporarily
Well for example the rumor is that Abramovich(owner of Avangar Omsk) lost up to 20billion dollars of his 23.5billion net worth since March of this year. He denies it but in any case he is getting hammered financially. The KHL is in trouble, which is unfortunate.
We need the KHL to stick around. Where else will guys like Emery, McCarthy and Lacouture play? lol Seriously though, if players that aren't even NHL caliber anymore can find a home in the KHL, it's better for the NHL teams as it would then pave the way for younger players to step in, saturate the NHL with a little more talent while the talentless find a home in a league that well, needs to find more pro's, of any level.
There will be no trans Euro league. The best hope is a Scandinavian and a "transslavic" leagues.
With the current state of world economy, that has become an afterthought as well.
About the possible salary reductions, Finnish hockey fed boss Kalervo Kummola talked to Russian hockey fed counter parts last weekend and they said that 14 clubs have serious trouble paying their salaries and the the KHL might have to cut salaries by 20%. He was also amazed how pissed off the hockey fed people were about the KHL (ie. not a happy marriage).
KHL may ask players for pay cut
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sources are telling Sportsnet that Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is contemplating asking it's players to agree to a pay cut. The difficulties are the result of falling commodity prices that have impacted the cash flow of team owners.
One prominent agent said that while none of his clients have been asked to adjust their contracts yet, he is aware of the issues facing the league.