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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.

In Topic: Selanne would still play if Boudreau wasn't Ducks coach

24 September 2014 - 10:47 PM

I really really doubt this, Russia has done great in the WJC for years now. They have a lot of really solid young players coming up.

And where are all of those young players? After they age out of junior, very few get a regular spot in a KHL team's line-up. Even if they make the roster of a KHL team, they ride the pine and play 5 min a night. There's no place for the 19-21 year olds to play at high level and to develop. And even for those high end prospects, the quality of their hockey education is nowhere near what it used to be 20-25 years ago. If you look at the standout Russian juniors over the last 5 years, I can count the number of them regularly playing in KHL or NHL without having to take my shoes off.   

In Topic: Selanne would still play if Boudreau wasn't Ducks coach

24 September 2014 - 09:11 PM


It has nothing to do with the relative strength of the league but a lot with development, the development of hockey players in Sweden is top notch (including facilities) and I don't think Russia can compare in that regard. As for your bubble comment that's exactly what will happen at some point in time and save for some bigger clubs I don't think all will survive when that happens. btw. I also don't think this CHL experiment will last long.


That is true. Fewer and fewer top players emerge in Russia. But so far, KHL teams are compensating by buying up foreign talent. Many KHL teams top lines are totally non-Russian, or have 1 Russian guy. When the money runs out, that will no longer be an option. So in 10 years or less, Russian national team will be hard pressed to find enough good Russian players to beat teams like Germany or Slovenia.  

In Topic: Selanne would still play if Boudreau wasn't Ducks coach

24 September 2014 - 12:58 AM

The khl has a big problem, the skill may be there but the owners - Medvedev controls everything - come off a bit scary. I know I wouldn't want to be the guy that scores the game winning goal while some of the more powerful owners are watching. Also there are stories of players not getting paid all of a sudden and the biggest problem.. It's a plastic league just like the CHL in Europe so the khl will never be able to create a culture because there are too many different teams from different countries. Maybe it's because I despise the idea behind their league but I honestly believe that the SEL is close and in some ways better now structured don't forget the much higher quality of life. But I get what you are saying it's definitely a threat for the top leagues in Europe

No doubt, one would rather live in Sweden than in Russia, all other things equal, but what has that to do with the relative strength of hockey leagues? After all, Brazil is not a top place to live either, but that doesn't seem to diminish their strength in soccer any.

As to KHL being an artificial league, that is definitely true in the financial sense, they don't earn nearly enough to cover their costs, but as long as the state or quasi-state sponsors money pours in, the quality of players assembled there is second only to the NHL, IMO.

That can't last in the long run, of course. Sooner or later the KHL financial bubble will burst. But until then, they are a very strong league. The top 3 to 6 KHL teams may be competitive in the NHL. Some of them may even make the playoffs :)