NHL Europe

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  1. Plager05

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    Why couldn't the NHL just do a deal with one country or a couple willing ones and have an NHL-run NHL Europe for European prospects?
     
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    1. NHL doesn't have money

    2. No one would want to play in a minor league for a distant possibility of being able to go to NHL for free.
     
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    Maybe not in the near future, perhaps not for 20+ years - but I see some form of this idea as inevitable. With increasing globalization and the increasing relationship between sport and business - you can bet the people running the NHL will look to expand it's business ventures at some point in the future. Whether it is a development league or a full fledged NHL division/conference in Europe - it will happen eventually.
     
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    This makes me wish the lockout had killed off the NHL for good.
     
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    Who would a development league develop? NA-style players with European citizenships? The beauty of the current system is the difference in schools and methodologies.

    A European NHL conference doesn't seems too realistic neither. One of many reasons -- too far and expensive to travel to NA.
     
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    If a team came over to NA once per season and played, say 15 games in a month and then flew home to play inter division/conference games for the rest of the season, their travel costs would probably be less than the Los Angeles Kings under the old schedule format.
     
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    It would be all European people, it would just be an NHL run league. It would have teams with NHL affiliates, I would see it as replacing the ECHL, with the NHL properties from there playing in Europe along side any Euro not in his respective super-league. I think it would help a lot for non-traditional country prospects, or guys stuck with little ice-time.
     
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    Yes, maybe it would help some player to get some ice time. But I really really don't think it's worth the money. Hockey is no business in Europe, and that league would cost a lot to run. There would be no real benefits for any NHL owners.
     
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