Friday, July 18, 2008

IIHF opens investigation

The International Ice Hockey Federation informed the NHL, the NHLPA and the Russian KHL that the international transfer of six players are officially under investigation.

The six players involved are:

* Alexander Radulov
* Nikita Filatov
* Thomas Mojzis
* Jason Krog
* Fedor Fedorov
* Viktor Tikhonov

Until this investigation has come to its final conclusion and the IIHF has rendered its decisions, all concerned players will be suspended from international transfers and competitions.
It's going to be incredibly interesting to see how the IIHF determines which transfers to allow and which to decline. Either way, NHL teams could be without the services of some pretty talented youngsters — and someone will be upset.

“We hope that this can be resolved amicably and in a timely manner,” said IIHF President René Fasel. “It is unfortunate that we are already facing such difficulties after the progress that was made last week. I am hoping that all sides can come to a solution.”

UPDATE The KHL responds rather quickly:
“We do not accept the idea of suspending the contracts because this has not been agreed on by KHL and NHL. The mentioned players should not be made ‘scapegoats’ due to the fact that the Memorandum of Agreement has not been signed between the KHL and the NHL. In the absence of a signed Memorandum of Agreement between the KHL and the NHL, it is important to remember that the player is under contract with the individual clubs and the KHL can only enforce any such agreements with the NHL, once the Memorandum has been signed by all parties,” said KHL President Alexander Medvedev.

KHL management calls on NHL to sign the Memorandum of agreement and to put it into force from July, 10 2008, which will legally prevent similar cases between the NHL and the KHL in the future.
I think that agreement's about to go out the window.
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6 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, July 18, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

I'm still baffled about Filatov's involvement in this. If his club terminated the contract, isn't he fair game?

 
At 12:02 PM, July 18, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Does the KHL have something along the lines of a KHLPA? I'm assuming not, both because lets face it, its Russia, and because the article says the IIHF informed the NHLPA and nothing about a KHLPA or anything of the sort. I feel like this could be a big reason that players may end up preferring North America over Siberia.

 
At 12:05 PM, July 18, 2008, Anonymous b said...

JASON KROG!!!

 
At 3:16 PM, July 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canucks management said today they reviewed Krog's signed contract with the Russian team, to ensure there was an out clause, PRIOR to signing him.

Apparrently, the clause voids the contract if Krog signs a one way deal with an NHL team prior to Aug. 1, 2008. The deal with the Canucks is a one way deal.

The Canucks said they are sending Krog's Russian contract to the NHL offices today.

 
At 3:41 PM, July 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh No! Jason Krog won't be eligible to play for Team Canada in 2010?! That's a complete travesty!

At this rate, here's what will happen:
NHL teams will stop wasting draft picks on Russians.
NHLers will no longer consider a detour year to the Soviet Union for fear of getting tangled up with the Kremlin operatives.
Super-talented Russians will defect anyway and be available to the highest bidders in the NHL.
The KHL will be a league of floaters and has-beens for a couple of years before folding entirely.

 
At 4:10 PM, July 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which NHL team is trying to bring Fedor Fedorov back? That's even worse than the Canucks signing Jason Krog!

Brings back to mind Burkie's classic quote when asked whether he ever thought about uniting the "brothers Fedorov" in Anahiem, and said " even one Fedorov is one too many". This of course was after the trade to Columbus.

 

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