Proposed European NHL Announced

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  1. orcatown

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    Shaky is right. With the way the globalization is sweeping the world, it's only a matter of time - but this isn't the right time. The NHL itself needs to focus on rebounding in North America before it can look at being part of developing a European version.

    If this story had legs it would be much bigger than a blurb on a Russian hockey site. Canadian media would be all over it.
     
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    Seems to me like it's some form of bluff or posturing caused by the IIHF disagreement, as the proposal itself, while an interesting idea, looks to be full of holes.
     
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    I didn't read the whole article but it will never work. Some teams could have a good financial situation but there's no big attendace. If they want a european NHL they need Finland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Chezch Rep, Slovakia in there too.
     
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    I hear they have/will write a contract about NHL stanley cup winner vs european tournament winner game. Atleast the rights to broadcast the game in Finland have been sold even tho nothing is solid yet :biglaugh:
     
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    It sounds nice and might happen one day but I think that Fetisov should actually try to improve the situation in the federation and not dream about a league that would include teams from China and Korea... :shakehead

    RHF desperately needs Fetisov and Larionov to lead the way!

    What I think would be great and what would help european hockey a lot is a champions league just like in football! I would use the same system like in football. European champions cup in this form sucks big time!
     
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    Can't bomb as bad as NFL Europe...
     
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    The thread title is misleading. Unless I'm reading the article wrong, this is much more of a WHA thing (ie rival league) than an NHL-endorsed Euro league. The Russians are trying to build a new league that will encompass all the old-Soviet countries and perhaps eventually more of Europe and Asia. They say they want to be equal to the NHL, but clearly they'd rather be the bigger player.

    This will need way more money than just Roman Abramovich's piggy bank to get off the ground.
     
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    This league is nothing do do with the NHL. It's a league being set up by the Russians to try and build some compertison to the NHL, trying to even up the gaps in money and there for talent.

    If this thing gets going, there will be other teams signing up. There would be teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweeden and other places jumping on. Threre is a better market here for hockey then un America, so I think it can do no worse that the failing NHL teams. All it needs is a few big money teams to come in and draw other investers into the league and I feel it really could compeat with the NHL.

    I'm wanting this to happen so much. I think one of the key points is "the NHL started out with just 4 teams from Canada". This isn't going to just jump out and say 'Hi, were just as good as you.' or anything. It's going to take time. It's getting my vote 100%.
     
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    I don't even think this could compete with NHL even if it did start up. You need all European countries to participate to make this a go and their are too many obstacles from country to country to make this happen.
     
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    I don't see any way that this would get off the ground successfully by next year, or the year after, but it will happen somewhere down the road.

    With the salary cap now, European clubs can pay more for the top end guys. Now, I doubt you'll see Canadian or American guys going over, but guys like a Jagr, a Datsyuk, Yashin etc. would be able to make more money at home.

    Also, the second tier guys that will get paid 3-4 million would probably get a bit more in Europe.

    Again, I don't think it'll be a success soon at all, but somewhere down the road a NHL rival league or and NHL-friendly league will open up in Europe, as there is definitely a market there.

    Maybe that will be the legacy of our next Commissioner?

    As for now, they have to be worried about rebuilding in the U.S. though.
     
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    Currently a few Euro (only Russian really) may be able to outbid the NHL due to cap constraints - particularly on ELS players and up and coming, but not established players like Datsyuk.

    But Russia is not immune from great disparity in budgets (which was the basic cause on the NHL lockout), and the new proposed league will have, gasp, a salary cap.

    Can a PA and a lockout be far behind :)
     
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