TheRick, Russia has some damn good players these days. Datsyk, Malkin and Gonchar (I think) are all Russian players. I know Malkin's had a weak series but I'll say all three of those "panned out".n Datsyk is a finalist for the Selke trophy- great defensive skills. Oveckin hits like a ton of bricks, is tough as hell, and I don't think he ever dives. Guys like Kovalchuk and Semin aren't too bad either.
BTW Malkin just got his first point of the series setting up the overtime goal.
I am just trying to bring out the other side of the story. Who else will do it on here?
Russian citizens are not property of Russia but I think they should have to pay back everything the country has given them if they want to leave. Russian government is just not capitalistic enough to make Russians pay a sum of money before they can leave if they got something free from the country.
Like I said, I owe my college loans no matter where I go to live.
Does the government still pay for all youth hockey programs? Do some of the players hire private coaches, or are they all paid for by the government?
If they are sending money back to their family in Russia, and that money is being spent in Russia, then isn't Russia's economy benefiting from the millions of dollars the players are making in the NHL?
therick, you don't get it. One way or another the government is providing the environment for Russian hockey players to flourish. The government finds sponsors that help build clubs, pay coaches, and so on. If top players then leave, the whole program suffers.
Russia is pumping tens of millions of dollars into its hockey programs. Whatever miniscule benefit Russia might get from players playing in the NHL is nothing, trust me. Russian economy doesn't need remittances from America. It is making $1 billion per day in oil and gas revenues.
Whats stopping them once they turn 18 from saying "screw you" and bolting before they sign the form?