The KHL was created from the false logic that it won't be hard to attract NHL players. That has never been true and never will be true. The only players who leave the NHL aren't capable of playing in the NHL, save for Ilya Kovalchuk and maybe Pavel Datsyuk as the sole exceptions. Players actively leave the KHL for the NHL the first chance they get. The NHL takes in the high-quality KHL players like the Panarins, Gusevs, Kuznetsovs, Tarasenkos, Varlamovs, Francouzs, Bobrovskys, Vasilevskiys, Samsonovs. The KHL takes in the rejects. Dawes, O'Neill, Omark, Jaskin, Slepyshev, and Soshnikov are all top KHL players and they are NHL rejects. So does Paris. They don't have a hockey team. So does London. They don't have a hockey team. Does does Kaunas. They don't have a hockey team. So does Torino. They don't have a hockey team. So does Istanbul. They don't have a hockey team. If your logic is "if they have an arena, they're going to get a KHL team" then you're sadly mistaken.