Mad City Mike wrote:That's fantastic. Every team in the league needs to do this. One has to think the Russians knew this was coming though. Recall that they had virtually no NHLers on their roster anyway.
Actually, the article quotes the Russian Headcoach Krikunov who admitted that he was surprised by this new development.
The reason why there are so few NHLers on the Russian roster is that after the Olympics, the NHLers criticized their coach for poor coaching. He fired back by blasting the players for their poor work ethic, and said that the WC team will be based on the players from RHL instead.