Teemu Selänne, on 06 April 2012 - 12:32 AM, said:
It isn't that they have a harder time adjusting, it's that they can be offered the same money and other benefits of playing in their home country. You know, the place where their language is spoken and their family lives.
A lot of Canadians would rather play in Canada and a lot of Russians would rather play in Russia.
Other European countries don't have KHL salaries to offer or else you can bet a lot more players would be returning to their home land. Heck, Naslund was one phone call away from going back to the SEL and he was definitely not going to be getting paid much over there..
Not to mention Columbus, Ohio? Who would want to live there? Who would want to play for a team that stinks it up every year? Plus, CBJ has had problems with every player they've drafted pretty much from every nationality besides Rick Nash...
I agree but there are Russian players like Yakupov who specifically have a dream to play in the NHL because it's the best league in the world and are willing to come over to play in North America to play junior, learn English, get accustomed to the lifestyle and help make the transition to the NHL as seamless as possible.
They see the KHL only as a fall back plan if they don't make the NHL.
Some Russian prospects now are coming over to test the NHL because they know they have a backup plan to make lots of money playing in the KHL already.
So they are not as motivated to make it to the NHL when they can just stay home and make good money.
I guess it really comes down to the individual player and how much their desire is to play in the best league in the world or if they are content making good money playing at home without having to go to a foreign land.
I thought Semin would have left for the KHL by now he is exactly the type of player that belongs in the KHL and not the NHL.
He is soft and plays individual hockey. Pretty much the current Kovalev that only plays hard when he wants to.
Overall the league will lose some of their biggest superstars if Russians stop coming over to the NHL. Which may prompt them to sign a more lucrative transfer deal with the KHL as their is no such deal in place right now.
Edited by Hockey Playa, 06 April 2012 - 10:54 PM.