Of course the financial crisis affected Gazprom (which business was not affected?), but the company literally had almost the same net profit in 2007 and 2008, which was even higher in 2009. Anyways, this is a hockey forum. Let's just agree that the old CHL was just a great tournament. The competition was better, the timing was better as games were played later in the season and there was true value when winning (at least for most of the clubs). Also attendance was better, at least in Switzerland.