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In Topic: KHL Struggling Financially

19 December 2014 - 09:50 PM

No doubt, KHL isn't going anywhere; However, I wouldn't be so sure about high-caliber players though ....

Some foreign players may leave, but there aren't many foreign superstars in KHL. And they will have to play out the remaining time on their contracts, as NHL and KHL agreed to respect each others contracts. I would bet that Kovalchuks and Radulovs will still get paid.


In Topic: KHL Struggling Financially

19 December 2014 - 04:55 PM

 

That's the point, they could afford them (because the government was giving them money).  Once the government could no longer subsidize the league, teams had to rely on their profit margins, and they couldn't.  But it would be noted that the teams who signed NHL talent to big contracts are NOT the ones that are folding.  CSKA Moscow (Radulov) and SKA St. Petersburg (Kovalchuk) are pretty healthy franchises.  It's the small market, periphery, teams that can't pay the bills.  And no matter what contracts they've got on the books, those teams were going to sink because they don't make enough money to cover costs.

Of the 4 teams in financial trouble mentioned in the article, 3 are NOT based in Russia. The Russian government certainly does not give them any money. Player contracts in the KHL are set in rubles or other national currencies (lats for Riga, tenge for Barys, etc.), so the teams do not have to pay more to the players, as the ruble depreciates.

So far, no team lost a sponsor due to recent crisis. So the rumors of KHL's demise are grossly exaggerated. That is not to say that a prolonged economic crisis in Russia would not adversely affect all areas of life, sports included. Just don't expect that the Russian top hockey league will fold. It has survived far worse crises in 1990s and in 2008-9. 


In Topic: slava voynov suspended after domestic violence arrest

16 December 2014 - 07:51 PM

Heatley made a stupid mistake. Voynov made s conscious decision to beat his wife. Dee the difference?

Please, while I in no way condone what Voynov appears to have done, his victim will be fine. Heatley KILLED somebody. Intentionally or not. See the difference? 


In Topic: slava voynov suspended after domestic violence arrest

21 October 2014 - 09:29 AM

 

Is this a provision in the new CBA? Can a contract be voided due to criminal conviction?

I don't know for sure, but I'd be astonished if a standard NHL contract didn't contain a "morals" clause.

When Mike Danton went to prison, his contract with the Blues was terminated, IIRC. 


In Topic: slava voynov suspended after domestic violence arrest

20 October 2014 - 10:00 PM

I am Russian, so I'm sorry to see this happen to one of my countrymen. But I think the NHL handled this fairly. They are putting on an entertainment product, and Voynov's presence would be detrimental to selling their product to the public. So they removed him. It's a no-brainer business decision. He is being paid, so they are fullfilling their contractual obligations to him. If he is proven innocent, he goes back on the ice. If not, his contract gets voided.

Its fair.