Was reading a terrible article about expansion into Europe, but it did remind me that I'd still like to see the European leagues and KHL have a playoff amongst their league winners, and then the winner of that end up playing the Stanley Cup champions. It might be kind of lame, and I don't really know if any of those teams can compete with the upper tier KHL teams (and whether they can even compete with NHL champions), but it's always something of a curiosity to me. Guess I'll settle for the Olympics and hopefully another World Cup sometime soon (when teams can field full rosters, not just guys on teams playing early golf).
I think without question they would be able to compete, in hockey there has to be a pretty huge disparity in skill for a team to be uncompetitive. And if you look at the 2010 Olympic rosters for countries like Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, etc. they are roughly half filled with KHL players. Realistically it would probably have to be a KHL All-Star team to match the depth of great NHL team, and if they did that unless they are playing the Penguins imo the KHL team would have the best forward on the ice (kovy).
Pretty sure the Hawks would still destroy a full KHL all-star team. If Radulov and Cervenka were considered elite or at least top end by KHL standards, then it's not that impressive. Granted, the transition from the big ice to the North American game was rough for Cervenka at least but it still just wasn't there. Our current projected starting goaltender, Kari Ramo had really good numbers there too, so we'll see how one of the best KHL goalies does in the NHL this year. Obviously he's not going to be the deciding factor in telling of KHL goalies are any good but it'll give a good indication at least. They might have one of the best forwards in the world but outside of Kovalchuk I'm not impressed by KHL talent at all. I doubt they'd do a game vs the NHL because it would just showcase how much better the NHL is, even though we all should know.
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very happy to have gotten off that list last year
The Predators are making it so you can't buy single game tickets for the home games against the Hawks. You HAVE to buy an additional ticket for another game if you want to go to that game (or a season ticket holder/15 game plan holder).
What about all the Nashville fans who want to see one of the best teams, not necessarily another game as well? I'll be interested to see the attendance for those games. I suppose you will still be able to buy tickets on stubhub but if people are smart they will jack the prices way up.
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I do not like the new Sharks jerseys. I do not like the removal of the horizontal stripes on the bottom at all and they look pretty awful without the shoulder caps but with the logo still in place.
The shoulders and waist stripes were removed to reduce weight of the jersey. LOL
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San Jose should stick to the black as their primary home jersey. That teal is horrifyingly bad and always has been.
I'd be okay with that being the full time home jersey.
The new jerseys should have used the old shark fin logo as the shoulder patches rather than just a smaller version of the front logo. Plus they should really drop the horrible front number look.
Zeoni: I hate to say this but Kari Ramo is one of the worst goalies to ever play in the NHL and he could never even maintain a backup job. All I can say is that I hope you enjoy seeing the Flames get slaughtered for the next few years until you get a good goalie.
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