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Thread: The New KHL
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>MakingMoves121</b></div><div>The KHL is down to 24 teams. It needs to do a lot of shuffling in order for teams to maintain stability and for players to not be burdened by travel woes. Before Slovan left, the westernmost and easternmost teams were separated by almost 6200 miles. It's time to continue to kick out the weaker clubs and bring in more established members, while maintaining the total of 24 teams.

Jokerit Helsinki
HIFK Helsinki (from Liiga)
Tappara Tampere (from Liiga)
Ilves Tampere (from Liiga)
TPS Turku (from Liiga)
Assat Pori (from Liiga)

Dinamo Riga
Dinamo Minsk
CSKA Moscow
Dynamo Moscow
Spartak Moscow
HC Sochi

SKA St. Petersburg
Dinamo St. Petersburg (from Supreme Hockey League)
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Ak Bars Kazan
Salavat Yualev Ufa

Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Avtomobilist Yektaerinburg
Sibir Novosibirsk
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Avangard Omsk
Barys Nur-Sultan (formerly Barys Astana, city changed their name recently)

1 - westernmost and easternmost teams are separated by 2600 miles (whereas Boston and San Jose are separated by 3100 miles)
2 - Non-noted KHL teams leave for lower leagues, including Kunlun Red Star (team drawing very low, more regional competition with drop down)</div></div>
1) highly unlikely the KHL abandons China; like, every frickin' sports league in the world is trying to get into the Chinese market at the moment, and the KHL is about the only foreign league with a team in China. the chance at big money is too much to pass up. besides, it's a long-term investment; thinking short-term gets these leagues nowhere.
2) Liiga talent pool probably is not nearly good enough to match up to KHL standards. if you're gonna poach entire groups of teams, try the SHL. or, like, diversify; take the best one or two teams from each of the NLA, the SHL, the Liiga, the Czech Extraliga, and maybe the DEL.
Forum: NHL SigningsMay 30 at 10:59