From where I sit it looks like the KHL is still trying to compete with the NHL...
Yes, Kovalchuk is the biggest name to jump ship, but he's not the first and won't be the last. Some questions have been raised about other Russian stars heading back to play at home. I can't really see that happening in any appreciable numbers. The NHL is the best league in the world. Sure, the money is better in the KHL...but the quality of opposition isn't. Neither is the officiating. Nor the accommodations. Or transportation. Or lifestyle. Kovalchuk and others can go play in the KHL, but their skills will always be questioned because they aren't playing against the highest competition. Just take a look at Kovalchuk's numbers this year. He was the 3rd leading scorer on SKA St. Petersburg (18g-24a) and played 16 less games. With the Devils he played one more game (37 NHL, 36 KHL) and had 10 less points. Kovalchuk can go. And not come back. The NHL has the best players...at every position. If you can't or wont battle through it, just leave.
TheMLB All-Star game is almost here...and I don't care.
Yes, this is the most relevant game of a sorry lot, but it's still boring. Outside of the winner getting home field in the World Series, this is a nothing game. I will give the game credit for being the only one that even moderately resembles a real game. The NHL and NFL games are both jokes and the NBA isn't much better. At least basketballers can revert to street-balling and create some excitement. But both hockey and, more so, football, are collision sports. And nobody wants to get hurt in an All-Star game so both almost have a no-contact rule. Baseball on the other hand involves no hitting...apart from the ball. None the less, it's still not all that exciting. There's too many players and way to many switches. I can't keep track of who's playing where. Most of the favorite players last little more than an inning. I have basically no rooting interest for either team. But I will be watching...mainly because there's nothing else on!
At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.