Re: Anyone else concerned with the speed at which these players are signing deals overseas?
posted at 9/24/2012 11:57 AM EDT
In response to shuperman's comment:
I'm not surprised. Epecially for the russian players...tax free money is a huge draw. Plus with the 2014 Olympics coming up its a great show case over there.
I don't blame the players. Not one bit. They get paid to play hockey...so they are going over, staying in shape, having a blast in europe and getting a small pay cheque.
PS...BruinsL. Welcome aboard. NAS is my favorite on here so don't take him to serious unless debating hockey. He knows his stuff...he will carve anyone at anytime. I would suggest unblocking him bc he is worth the read 99% of the time. The 1% of the time you just need to laugh and say its NAS being NAS.
Shuperman - From the NHLers point of view, it is a way to keep in shape and pick up a few $ during the lockpout, but I don't like the fact they are taking ice time from the existing players...
The KHL has an NHL player import rule (3 NHLers per team, one can be a non-native) but I am not sure of any agreements with the SEL or Swiss league etc.
Players in those leagues chose to play there for a variety of reasons - not making it in the NHL or N.A. Leagues is one - but huge dollars is probably not the reason for most players.
Even with the import rule the NHL players will take away ice time at the very least or take their jobs outright in a worst case scenario. Just doesn't seem fair to me.
Perhaps someone can fill me in regards to import limits of some of the other leagues?
Nash and Thornton are both playing for Davos, do they have any limits?
I can also see some disgruntled local player taking cheap shots at some of the NHLers in the name of retribution for taking some of their $$$ too.