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    jpv,

    NHL is a league that has players from all over the world whereas the Russian league consists of mostly Russian players. That is why NHL has more talent.

    What I am saying is that Russian players are willing to come train in Russia for the Worlds because Russia can pay them well to do so.

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    Big, that may be true of some players, but the top Russians in this year's WC- Ovechkin, Semin, Federov, Nabokov and so on joined the WC team at the last minute because their NHL clubs lost in the playoffs. No time, as far as I know, to go home to Russia to train.

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    True but the rest of the guys are motivated to train in Russia with better pay. Also, I suppose Russia will pay them handsomely for the Gold medal.
    Last edited by Big; 05-19-2008 at 09:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    True but the rest of the guys are motivated to train in Russia with better pay. Also, I suppose Russia will pay them handsomely for the Gold medal.
    I can't believe Russia will pay the top players enough to make it worth their while to forgo the salary of an NHL star.
    Russia has been a Hockey power for decades and oil money has not created that or diminished it.

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    I heard Russia has not won a hockey world title since the breakup of Soviet Union. So why now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big View Post
    I heard Russia has not won a hockey world title since the breakup of Soviet Union. So why now?
    I don't follow Ice Hockey closely anymore so I may not be the best person to answer this, but there has not been a let up in the number of quality Russian player coming to the NHL. In addition, the World Championship in Hockey meant nothing for a long time, nobody cared who won. I do know if recently it has gained more prominance and Russia is now sending its top available players.

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    Of course Russian players have been good all along but for NHL purposes only because NHL agreed to pay Russian hockey clubs for each player produced. Now Russia seems to be able to put a good world team together and I believe oil money has something to do with it.

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    ODH, you do realize that wrestling is supported in Russia almost entirely through oil money right?

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    Here you go:

    MOSCOW - The Russian Superliga might have the best teams in Europe. But what it has in high-end quality, it lacks in overall depth and stability. The next step could be a major one: an investor group around the natural gas and oil giant Gazprom and its vice-president Alexander Medvedev has announced the launch of a new league for the 2008-2009 season and has ratified an agreement with the Russian Hockey Federation FHR and its president, goalie legend Vladislav Tretiak. The contract has been approved by Sergei Naryshkin, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who has agreed to become chairman of the new leagues' board of directors.

    http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=955&cHash=08514a8355

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