Think dealing with the KHL is bad? Try dealing with the KHL in a few years, when even they have competition beyond the NHL.
The other day, former NHLer Hakan Loob revealed plans to dissolve the Swedish Elite League (click for moon language) in the next two or three years with the idea of competing with the KHL as soon as possible.
Håkan Loob revealed plans today: “It is a must for the Swedish ice hockey is not to lose out remains strong in Europe.”
Now it’s no secret or covert work projects anymore.
The new multinational Superligan can become a reality within two years.
Sportbladet can reveal that Färjestad, Frölunda, HV71, Djurgården and Linköping have jointly put together a team of outside experts and club employees to analyze how a possible Nordic accordance would work and be received by sponsors and hockey fans.
Apparently the response has been overwhelmingly strong.
The SEL, like several other smaller leagues in Scandanavian countries, is in real danger of being completely pillaged of its best players by the cutthroat KHL clubs, and and improved alliance (more like a unified front) would certainly help the Scandanavian leagues’ ability to stand up to the dark power growing in the East.
But he says that Färjestad just today have more focus on a Nordic accord than on KHL, the new Russian league. How quickly a Nordic league can become a reality is not fixed.
“I do not think that Färjestad play in elitserien, as it stands today, in a few years. A change will come about and more teams from other countries generates growth, which is a must for the Swedish ice hockey is not to lose out remains strong in Europe and why not in the world,” says Loob.
Right now discussed a Nordic accordance with 16-20 teams are included.
Most locations, are in Sweden and Finland. Then, strong Norwegian and Danish teams have the opportunity to enter the league.
But by becoming strong themselves, they also present a greater problem to the NHL itself, just as Russia’s league does. Granted, the Scandanavian countries have certainly been more than willing to send players over to North America in the past, but so, for a while, was Russia. What began as a bitter fight over Evgeni Malkin’s rights being owned by either the Pittsburgh Penguins or Metallurg Magnitogorsk has exploded into another Cold War with neither side willing to really listen to the other, but both overly cautious of what the other’s power growth might mean for its own future.
With the Scandanavians entering the fray, it could serve one of two purposes. First is the preferable, if less likely, one: that the league will help break the tension between the KHL and NHL by openly dealing with both, and encouraging business between the two others indirectly. The second, and more unfortunate option: things get worse, and in the Scandanavian’s desire to protect their own interests, they also cease to have a transfer agreement with either league. It would be great for Scandanavia to hold onto its big stars, but, speaking purely as a selfish American, I’m not sure it’s in the entire sport’s best interest.