KHL still standing; should NHL worry?

Updated: October 21, 2009, 4:07 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

It wasn't a bad summer for the fledgling Kontinental Hockey League.

Robert Esche turned down a pair of NHL offers and went back to Russia. Jiri Hudler bolted from the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings. Sergei Zubov decided to play out the twilight of his Hall of Fame career back home.

"It's a reflection that the hockey has become well organized, there's a high quality, and the players realize the potential," KHL president Alexander Medvedev told ESPN.com in an interview Tuesday.

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