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Old 06-09-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Terra
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Cleveland Cavs have LeBron James who was born just 40 miles away in Akron, but i still agree with you
And he had a bad breakup with them and left for Miami for a good bit. But of course... money has a way of making everything better.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:37 AM
 
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With all due respect to Tampa's hockey scene, if they were taking players only from Tampa, I think 0-82 wouldn't be out of question.

Yeah , sports is free market, and it's entertainment. Shouldn't fans want the best players to come play.

I shudder to think what would happen if businesses operated that way.
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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And he had a bad breakup with them and left for Miami for a good bit. But of course... money has a way of making everything better.
I still have a bitter taste in my mouth with how he went about "The Decision", but he's redeeming himself now the way he is playing, plus he has made it clear that he came back to his home state to win Cleveland a championship so i don't think it has everything to do with money, i think it's more of a pride thing. If he wins one though i sure won't be complaining
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The reason why the NHL is the world's best hockey league is because it recruits the best players from all over the globe.

I'm rooting for the Lightning. They're talented and fun to watch.
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Old 06-09-2015, 11:37 AM
 
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Bottom line, it's a freaking GAME...it matters not a lot.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Great stuff..viewing parties outgrew channelside... that's got to be a great sign!
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Really? Last time I checked US representatives were contacting international players in their home countries and were offering contracts. The way you wrote it its like international players are applying to play for US
If you follow the NHL, it has been said numerous times, even by these young players from Russia that they dreamed of playing in the USA. Do you doubt this? Do you think they get paid more by playing elsewhere? The NHL is the greatest hockey league in the world with the greatest players and the biggest stage. Every player who wants to be among the best and play against the best wants to play in the NHL - and they're paid better than any league. I doubt if Russian leagues will pay their players the millions they get here.
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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https://vid.me/ZK6L

Life as a Blackhawks' fan........
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Old 06-09-2015, 02:23 PM
 
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If you follow the NHL, it has been said numerous times, even by these young players from Russia that they dreamed of playing in the USA. Do you doubt this? Do you think they get paid more by playing elsewhere? The NHL is the greatest hockey league in the world with the greatest players and the biggest stage. Every player who wants to be among the best and play against the best wants to play in the NHL - and they're paid better than any league. I doubt if Russian leagues will pay their players the millions they get here.
At the end of the day US agents are looking worldwide for best players and approach them with offers to join US teams, not vice versa. And I am so sorry the majority of best players are not Americans (per topic starter's post)

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Old 06-09-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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This is when it all started with the Russian players and the NHL.

Urban Dictionary: Russian Five

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