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08:16 AM ET 10.19 | Thanks to the lockout, the KHL has the world's best hockey at present, something its players take some pride in proclaiming. There is even giddy talk that the 26-team Russian league, which also has teams in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Latvia, will be primed before too long to challenge the North American circuit for global hockey supremacy. ... These stars are ably supported by a fast-skating, technically proficient cast of more than 500 mostly Russian players, including several dozen who could play in the NHL if they chose. Most of the players may not forecheck, shoot or go to the net often enough, but they nevertheless play compelling hockey. But any suggestion that the KHL will match the NHL any time soon is absurd.

The Province

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October 19, 2012  08:51 AM ET

In the KHL do you think they complain about the non-Russian players who play with "too much heart.?"

October 19, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

In the KHL do you think they complain about the non-Russian players who play with "too much heart.?"

In KHL its too cold to have heart

October 19, 2012  09:32 AM ET

As long as the KHL is playing and the NHL is not -- they are a threat. At least their fans get to see Hockey. KHL gets a TV contract in the US.... give it a few years and one never knows

October 19, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

As long as the KHL is playing and the NHL is not -- they are a threat. At least their fans get to see Hockey. KHL gets a TV contract in the US.... give it a few years and one never knows

Can see ESPN doing it. On a temporary basis

October 19, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Can see ESPN doing it. On a temporary basis

Would make sense since ESPN knows as much about hockey as I do women....make that MANkind knows about women

October 19, 2012  10:51 AM ET

I want a follow up story on the economical impact in Kazakhstan from North American players spending their KHL cash like sailors :).
Now that would be compelling

October 19, 2012  10:52 AM ET

KHL no threat to NHL yet

Not now, not ever.

October 19, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I want a follow up story on the economical impact in Kazakhstan from North American players spending their KHL cash like sailors :).Now that would be compelling

LOL

October 19, 2012  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

KHL no threat to NHL yetNot now, not ever.

Kind of agree with you Hank

October 19, 2012  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

KHL no threat to NHL yetNot now, not ever.

Hum....now if it was the Lingerie KHL I might disagree

October 19, 2012  01:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Hum....now if it was the Lingerie KHL I might disagree

I for one would like to see them bring back the hip check

October 19, 2012  02:21 PM ET

it doesnt matter; Beyonce is getting naked for the SB

October 19, 2012  03:22 PM ET
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it doesnt matter; Beyonce is getting naked for the SB

Yay we get to see what all the single ladies were putting their hands up for

October 19, 2012  03:24 PM ET

If u like all-star game type intensity, D-men doing the flamingo...free passes through the slot, then the KHL is PERFECT for you!!! Call your local cable distributor for ESPN TRES!

October 19, 2012  04:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

If u like all-star game type intensity, D-men doing the flamingo...free passes through the slot, then the KHL is PERFECT for you!!! Call your local cable distributor for ESPN TRES!

No thanks I will watch my sons games and be content

October 19, 2012  06:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

it doesnt matter; Beyonce is getting naked for the SB

Trees falling in forests without me there to hear them fall....

The last thing on my agenda is Super Bowl Halftime hoopla....

I haven't even caught up to live TV yet at that point, probably mid-way in 2nd quarter. But I'm right on schedule to be watching the last few minutes live with the rest of the free world...

October 19, 2012  07:43 PM ET

on another note, the irish are looking to go to 7-0 this week end. Hockey? Who needs it? Go Irish.

 
October 19, 2012  10:53 PM ET
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on another note, the irish are looking to go to 7-0 this week end. Hockey? Who needs it? Go Irish.

College ball I assume?

I KNOW I don't need that....

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