Tampa Bay Lightning founder and current radio color commentator Phil Esposito is reportedly mulling over an offer to take a more active role in hockey operations.
It just won’t be with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team he founded in 1992, with the NHL or even in North America.
The relatively young KHL, based in Russia but expanding rapidly in Europe as the only international challenge to the NHL as a truly elite hockey league, stands to gain much from the looming NHL lockout and is apparently wooing Esposito to help the league’s development in some as of yet unknown capacity.
In past lockouts, particularly in 2004-2005, premiere NHL player talent moved to European leagues including the Russian SuperLeague, the precursor to the KHL.
Adding Esposito as a potential special advisor or assistant to KHL president Alex Medvedev would certainly be a coup in what may be a critical time in the power struggle for viewership between the world’s two dominant hockey leagues.
While it’s highly unl...