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So besides Chris Simon is there a list of ex NHLers that will playing in this league next season?

I do not know of one but from the article only a maximum of 5 foreign players are allowed per team. So that could be 120 players in total (which I assume would include the other Europeon countries as well).

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why not expand the super league rather than competing with it? wouldn't players opting to stay in russia join the super league anyway? it's not like they're underpaid.

That is exactly what they are doing Bigsby.

From the article above:

"Twenty-four teams, four divisions

The new KHL will probably count twenty-four teams, the current Superleague clubs plus four new ones."

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why not expand the super league rather than competing with it? wouldn't players opting to stay in russia join the super league anyway? it's not like they're underpaid.

they're changing the name of the league because they will have 3 clubs that are not from russia and they are planning to add clubs from other european countries as they expand. i read that they aim to have 32 teams eventually and that there are already talks with two clubs from finland

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why not expand the super league rather than competing with it? wouldn't players opting to stay in russia join the super league anyway? it's not like they're underpaid.

What I find peculiar is that they've instored a salary cap, thus negating the only advantage they had over the NHL which was unlimited amounts for salaries.

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^ahhh. i see. thanks for the info. i guess i should've read the article. :blush:

well, in that case i'm not too worried about it being competition to the nhl per se. it sounds like a good idea in fact - especially for countries like, say, belarus, who are trying to become competitive but may not have an elite league of their own.

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What I find peculiar is that they've instored a salary cap, thus negating the only advantage they had over the NHL which was unlimited amounts for salaries.

If I read the article correctly it looks like they have had a salary cap for the past two seasons.

"Salary cap and contracts

The new league will also set rules for contracts. Like the past two years the league will have a salary cap system, but in the next season it will be different."

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If I read the article correctly it looks like they have had a salary cap for the past two seasons.

"Salary cap and contracts

The new league will also set rules for contracts. Like the past two years the league will have a salary cap system, but in the next season it will be different."

A lot different...the new cap will be 30 mil, the numbers below are from last year:

1. Salavat 61.0

2. Ak Bars 58.2

3. SKA St. Petersburg 50.8

4. Avangard Omsk 45.7

5. Metallurg Magnitogorsk 45.6

6. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 40.0

7. Khimik 35.7

8. Dynamo Moscow 27.1

9. Severstal Cherepovets 25.5

10. CSKA Moscow 25.4

11. Neftekhimik 24.7

12. Amur Khabarovsk 22.6

13. Sibir 22.5

14. HK MVD 20.1

15. Torpedo Nizhny-Novgorod 19.5

16. Vityaz Chekhov 17.7

17. Spartak Moscow 16.9

18. Metallurg Novokuznetsk 15.5

19. Lada Togliatti 12.6

19. Traktor Chelyabinsk 11.5

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A lot different...the new cap will be 30 mil, the numbers below are from last year:

1. Salavat 61.0

2. Ak Bars 58.2

3. SKA St. Petersburg 50.8

4. Avangard Omsk 45.7

5. Metallurg Magnitogorsk 45.6

6. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 40.0

7. Khimik 35.7

8. Dynamo Moscow 27.1

9. Severstal Cherepovets 25.5

10. CSKA Moscow 25.4

11. Neftekhimik 24.7

12. Amur Khabarovsk 22.6

13. Sibir 22.5

14. HK MVD 20.1

15. Torpedo Nizhny-Novgorod 19.5

16. Vityaz Chekhov 17.7

17. Spartak Moscow 16.9

18. Metallurg Novokuznetsk 15.5

19. Lada Togliatti 12.6

19. Traktor Chelyabinsk 11.5

Looking at the numbers the top 7 teams are going to have problems.

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I know it's a long shot but maybe the upheaval will force Emelin or Korneev's respective teams to unload them somehow.

Even with their cap problems I doubt Salavat would cut Perezhogin loose.

i must admit, i'm kinda hoping the same thing....we know ak bars has to 'trim the fat'.

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can someone please explain to me how this team is still signing players when they're roughly +30mil over the recently-imposed cap?!

"According to the team's website, Niko Kapanen has signed with AK Bars Kazan of the Russian League.

Last season, Kapanen played 79 games with the Phoenix Coyotes, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points.

Last month, he helped Finland win a bronze medal at the World Hockey Championship.

Over his seven-year NHL career, Kapanen scored 36 goals and 90 assists for 126 points in 397 games with Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix."

tsn report - kapanen leaves coyotes for ak bars kazan

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can someone please explain to me how this team is still signing players when they're roughly +30mil over the recently-imposed cap?!

Well the numbers are from last season but for next season I don't know how things will work out or where they are with the cap. Maybe a roll-back on the salaries.

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Multi-year contract worth $12.5M ($15M US) per season which is tax free.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=241220&lid...s=headlines_nhl

thanks for the article.

i'd be shocked if malkin returned to russia after what he's accomplished here.

what i don't understand is how these teams have so much money to spend with the cap, which i thought was around $35mil. i'm assuming it's not ak bars but maybe an expansion team and they're about to put 13mil of that into one player?! why would they do that?! i guess, they want to draw the nhl talent now so that players won't hesitate to sign with them in the future.

(this could also be posted in the kontinental league thread)

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If I were Malkin I'd take it in a heart beat. He'd be making GREAT money, plus he'd be closer to his family. And I know if I was on a whole other contenent as my family I'd want to be closer.

However, with that said the NHL is what these guys dream of from the time they were kids, and I'm sure Malkin is no different and probably has the same goal as the rest, and that's to hoist up the Stanley Cup.

Not to mention, that though he'd be making big bucks, he probably still profit's more in America with the money he gets from merchandise as well as commercials and promotions.

I don't know very much about the commercializm in Russia, but I think America has been labelled as having the highest pay for commercialization and promotions.

In the long run, if money is what it came down to, he may make more in America.

Malkin went through great hell to get to America and play in the NHL, I really can't see him saying goodbye to the NHL and returing to Russia.

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