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KHL shifts teams: three added, two leave

Jun 21, 2014, 8:56 PM EDT

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The IIHF passes along word that the KHL is likely to add three teams while losing two for the 2014-15 season.

Incoming: Two new Russian teams (HC Sochi and Lada) plus Finnish team Jokerit.

The two Russian teams just had their expansion draft, according to the KHL. Meanwhile, Jokerit GM and former Edmonton Oilers great Jari Kurri visited KHL headquarters on June 11.

One can assume that the 2014 Winter Olympics had a huge impact on Sochi adding a KHL team.

Outgoing for sure: HC Donbass will miss at least the 2014-15 season.

Almost certainly leaving as well: Spartak Moscow appears to be in dire financial straits. The IIHF passes along quotes about the team’s roster departing while representatives consider it “95 percent” certain that they won’t participate in the KHL’s next season.

So, long story short, it sounds like the KHL will have one more team next season.

  1. bluesdroogie - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    now only if the nhl would lose 2 teams. but I am sure bettman wants to start looking at expansion……….

    • lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      What is the purpose of losing two NHL teams?

      If you are wanting to have teams in other areas / cities, I would rather see expansion as it only creates more revenue for the league and will even out the divisions.

      • bluesdroogie - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM

        what about the teams that are struggling to maintain, Arizona coyotes for one. my guess is after the league owned them for however many years, the new owner will be selling the team shortly. probably within 5 years and declaring bankruptcy. they will more then likely move out of the desert before 2025. my guess is florida panthers are up there also. moving the coyotes really does not help but moving the panthers to seattle or Kansas city (which already has a stadium) makes sense. it would even the league to 15 teams per conference. contract 2 teams and create a 28 team 4 division 7 teams per division balance. fair across the board trying to get into the playoffs.

    • soj83 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Bettman and the Players Association want more teams, probably more so the NHLPA. 2 more teams mean 46 new NHL players, and with a salary cap and more importantly a salary floor, the league knows it is more players making big bucks. I agree with the argument for less teams (talent is as spread out, teams more talented, etc.) you need to remember the business side to the sport.

      • bluesdroogie - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        I get that. 2 more teams out west means 2 more teams that the league might have to worry about financially. when the league owns a team like it did with phoenix it has to hurt the league. I know its a business but a struggling market is just that. they allowed the jets to leave Winnipeg just to fail in Atlanta. that’s a bad move.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        I think you under estimate how much a franchise may make.

        No matter what you read on Forbes, no normal business owner goes into sports to lose hand over fist. Remember these A hole make 3/4’ths of what you pay to park you car near the building and get $6 out of the $8 bucks you spend per beer. You think their losing money….. not so much.

        A jersey costs the owner $10 to make in China, they charge $190’ish………….

      • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        sorry for the spelling / grammar errors… I am hammers trying to type, think rationally

  2. hosewater2 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Opens up a job for David Booth right there.

  3. lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    If the KHL ever merges with SWE and FIN leagues,(move 10 years in the future from then) the NHL will really have competition with drafting youth from kids not from North America.

    • 950003cups - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      No they won’t. The money and competition is the best here. This is where they’ll want to come. Look at the European basketball leagues for inspiration.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        Euro basketball isn’t as competitive as hockey

        think about hockey with two leagues…. this could realistically happen. Its not a far cry

        If more teams from FIN or SWE tag along, others born in SWE and FIN will go drafted in to KHL as they would play a few miles from home rather than countries / water and time zones.

        KHL can pay top salary as long as they don’t have taxes per which ever country allows. I do not know so I say loosely. but I know I live in MN and if I could get paid the same to play the sport I love within a piss in the wind away direction from home, compared to overseas, I easily take playing close to home.

        us Americans do not comprehend what the average person goes thru on a daily basis, yet alone play a sport away from home.

        sorry for the ramble… been drinking tonight

      • 950003cups - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:40 AM

        We’ve all been drinking. Myself included. So I won’t make a logical comment becaus I carny pit together a real dentsance anyway

        We’llb vontonue this when we all sober up

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      KHL is heading in the right direction expanding into other European countries, but they needs A LOT of work before it can legitimately compete with the NHL. For starters, they’d need to build bigger arenas. Most arenas in the KHL have even smaller capacities than AHL arenas. There’s even some teams in juniors (OHL, WHL) with bigger arenas than the KHL. Without some major construction, I don’t see how the KHL can keep up with the NHL.

  4. 34defense2014 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    The only thing I like about Fin League is the size of the ice surface. The NHL should have the same size Rings! But I know it’s way to much Money! I also would like to see the NHL adopt what the International League does. Have the Game clock wired to the whistle! Instead of a guy pushing a button!

  5. 34defense2014 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Why I just Posted something way off the Topic? I have no idea? I need to find some friends lol sorry Ladies and Gents

    • lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/i/personals?category=cas

      • esracerx46 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Might have more success on backpage…..but its most likely gonna cost more.

    • 950003cups - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      You’re in luck!!! There’s a guy we all know who’s also looking to make a friend. You and Blomfeld should have a cup of coffee.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        well Blomfeld is from Vancouver / LA / wherever … so I am guessing a Cosmopolitan is in order

  6. mattsening - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Bluesdroogie…. Winnipeg moved to Phoenix, and Atlanta moved to Winnipeg, Winnipeg never moved to Atlanta

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