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Big Expansion Plans For The KHL?

from Slave Malamud at the Toronto Sun,

Ultimately, Fetisov, 54, dreams of creating the KHL's Far Eastern division by expanding the league into China, Korea and Japan, he told Sport-Express in an interview.

The KHL already features teams from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with Italy scheduled to join next year, and Fetisov says the league should push ahead with a global-domination strategy.

In the interview, in which he calls NHL commissioner Bettman "a local lord-ling" and proposes to offer the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin "material incentives" to stay in the KHL, Fetisov envisions a hockey universe no longer dominated by the North American league. He thinks that if $1 billion were offered immediately to the NHL's brightest locked-out stars, it would create an exodus of players into the KHL that would pound Bettman into submission.

Most importantly, he sees a single global hockey enterprise, with tight regulations on player transfers, an annual showdown between the Stanley Cup and Gagarin Cup champions for the world bragging rights, and a unified calendar which would accommodate semi-annual slots for the Olympics and the World Cup with the best players participating for their national teams.

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Evilpens's avatar

China, Korea & Japan?????????  LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 11/09/12 at 07:27 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Hockey hotbeds EP!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/09/12 at 07:29 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

A worldwide league full of the best players with a unified calender which can severely limit hockey down-time?

Listen, it’s a pipe-dream, but it’s one I like.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/09/12 at 07:55 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

That would be some serious time zone travel.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 11/09/12 at 09:21 PM ET

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