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KHL VP Blasts MSG As A Hockey Venue

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The Russia-based KHL is to challenge the NHL on its home territory for the first time by playing two regular-season games in New York, league vice-president Vladimir Shalaev said Tuesday.

Reigning champion Dynamo Moscow will face off against big-spending SKA St. Petersburg at the newly built Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 19 and 20.

The Barclays Center easily surpasses the New York Rangers’ home at Madison Square Garden as a hockey venue, Shalaev said.

“There’s nothing good about the Madison. Anyone who’s been there understands that arena is no longer suited to modern hockey,” he said.

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I have a better time re-reading this article when I envision the quote being spoken by the man from Rocky IV.

“Whatever he hits…..........he dee-stroysss!”

Posted by ElCapitan on 06/26/12 at 10:00 AM ET

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Russians have become so entertaining since losing the Cold War.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/26/12 at 10:19 AM ET

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“There’s nothing good about the Madison. Anyone who’s been there understands that arena is no longer suited to modern hockey.”

Translation: Prokhorov made us a deal to come over and play at his new place. MSG was never in the picture and—if it was—it probably would have wanted a bigger cut.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 06/26/12 at 10:32 AM ET

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Since a fellow Russian owns Barclays this isn’t a surprise comment. Funny though considering one end of Barclays has obscured seats.

Posted by timbits on 06/26/12 at 10:34 AM ET

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Timbits you nailed this one. Barclay’s isn’t well suited for hockey, think Phoenix ’ original rink, and I was going to catch the Islanders v Devils pre-season game just to see how bad it was going to be. Then consider it is owned by a fellow Russian and you have all the information you could possibly need.

From what I’ve seen of the re-furbished Garden (the Madison), it is coming along quite nicely and was alwasy a great atmosphere to watch hockey. However,I am intrigued and may make a day trip to see the level of KHL hockey.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/26/12 at 10:55 AM ET

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Dude, I’ve seen things on the rinks the KHL teams play in.  JLA looks cutting-edge by comparison.  The KHL could walk into most pro minor arenas and be gobsmacked.

Posted by Primis on 06/26/12 at 12:19 PM ET

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Barclays is a basketball arena.  Although that is still probably a big step up for the KHL.  When some Russian buys MSG it will be a great place.  And to think the world once feared these bloviating buffoons.  LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 06/26/12 at 01:23 PM ET

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Dude, I’ve seen things on the rinks the KHL teams play in.  JLA looks cutting-edge by comparison.  The KHL could walk into most pro minor arenas and be gobsmacked.

Posted by Primis on 06/26/12 at 11:19 AM ET

Heh.  I was able to catch a few live streaming KHL games on the Gore and I have to agree complete here.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/26/12 at 01:24 PM ET

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At least they have De-Fib

Posted by Shak from santa monica, ca on 06/26/12 at 04:13 PM ET

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i]Russians have become so entertaining since losing the Cold War.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 06/26/12 at 09:19 AM ET


now that’s funny.

I have been to the garden, it’s great for hockey. Roundball? who cares?

Posted by Rdwings28 on 06/26/12 at 07:01 PM ET

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I think he’s probably referring to the subpar medical facilities that led to a promising KHL prospect collapsing and dying at the garden due to lack of defibrillator or even an ambulance on-site.

... I may have some details of that story confused.  Huh.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/26/12 at 07:46 PM ET

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