The great former Soviet goaltender Vladislav Tretiak is “pitching another Summit Series between Russia and Canada”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=194120&hubname=nhl.
I think given who he is, if Tretiak suggested hockey switch to playing with tennis balls instead of pucks we should take it seriously. That said, what made those original matches between the best of the NHL and the Soviets so intriguing is the two teams dwelled in entirely different universes. Now they’re all sharing the same dressing rooms (Speaking of which, I recently finished Al Strachan’s “Go to the Goal,” which, among other gems, goes into great detail about the ’79 Series between the NHL and the Soviets).
I’m all for more international competition even in non-Olympic years, especially in place of buzz-kill that was the All-Star game. But we’ll never again have the same mystique that surrounded those great Russian teams.