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In Topic: Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Today, 03:46 PM

I haven't read his comments or follow the KHL. So here's my question. Do proposed changes, restrict russian players from going to the NHL before signing contracts with russian teams?

If a young player is not under KHL contract or if he is an RFA by KHL rules, he can go to any other (foreign) league. The rule Fetisov proposed was aimed at more parity within the KHL, so that a few big clubs don't get all the top talent. I am not sure how practical it is for a young player in Russia to not to be under a KHL contract, but it is not much more practical than for a 18 yr old in North America. Although here, there is college route, if you don't turn pro at 18, and there isn't that route in Russia.

Also, folks over here tend to forget that the KHL is not an exclusively Russian league. There are several teams from other countries, even ones outside former Eastern bloc. So no Russian Federation law can govern all of the KHL players.

In Topic: Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Today, 11:16 AM

NHL RFA players can go to the KHL. Drafted players can go to the KHL. Fetisov wants all Russians to have to stay in Russia until they're 28, not just be bound to their contracts.

No, he didn't say that. He said that all players, foreign or domestic should be subject to RFA rules before they are 27, so, and I quote, "Rich clubs can't buy up all the best players." He refers here to so called "oligarkh" clubs: SKA St Petersburg, Avangard Omsk, Ak Bars Kazan and some others. The letters NHL never crossed his lips in this interview.

In Topic: Slava Fetisov: Giant Hypocrite.

Yesterday, 04:33 PM

Guys, please save your indignation. I just listened to Fetisov interview where he allegedly said what you are all railing about. Well, he didn't. He said that KHL needs Russian Labor laws amended, so they can introduce RFA status for younger players (up tp 27 years old), like the NHL does. As law stands now, any Russian player (or any other employee) can break his contract and effectively become a UFA on their own initiative and with 2 weeks notice,

I am not Fetisov's greatest fan, he said and did a few things I disadree with since he left for Russia, but this time. he is not guilty of what he is accused of..

In Topic: Lindros suing Paul Stewart

26 February 2015 - 10:33 PM

Lindros donated a lot of money to University Hospital in London Ontario for Sports Medicine. I wouldn't say he was a total dick off the ice that doesn't support charity. 


On the ice - yeah I can't speak to that. 

Wasn't that for traumatic head injury research? The kind of injury he had?

In Topic: Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

24 February 2015 - 12:00 PM




In the paragraph above you've basically said, if you don't count the Soviets' best teams and players, and you don't count the advantage they gain from being forced to play together all the time, and you don't count the junior hockey records, then it's clear the Soviet system is much worse.  Which is probably true, but what does that really tell you?

Actually I am saying that we don't have enough information to say which style of play was superior in the 70s and 80s.

There were too few "best vs best" or even "average vs average" matchups between Canadian/NHL and Soviet teams. So I can't draw any evidence-based conclusions. Therefore we are left with personal taste, I enjoyed the CSKA and Soviet National team brand of hockey more than the NA version, but that is just an aesthetic preference  and not a basis for awarding superiority. Just like some men preferring blonds and some preferring brunettes doesn't make one superior to the other.