Friday, September 5, 2008

Russian league accuses NHL of breaking deal

"By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer Sep 4, 5:20 pm EDT
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A newly formed Russian hockey league accused the NHL of poaching two of its players when the
Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms with two draft prospects last week.
As a result, the Continental Hockey League (KHL), announced Thursday that it was no longer obligated to abide by a moratorium reached in July, when the leagues agreed against signing players that were under contract.
In a news release, the KHL said the NHL violated that agreement when the Kings signed 2008 second-round draft pick, defenseman Vjateslav Voinov, and 2008 fifth-round pick, center Andrei Loktionov, on Aug. 27. The KHL said Voinov is currently under contract with Chelyabinsk while Loktionov is under contract with Yaroslavl.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly disputed the KHL’s claims in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press. Daly said the league approved both contracts “on the basis of evidence that the two players were free of contractual obligations elsewhere."

Is it just me or does this seem like a bigger problem every day?
If the KHL absorbs Finnish and Swedish Elite leagues we could see a full blown epidemic on our hands, with the NHL being the host.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

and the KHL are innocent? they do the same thing, its dumb of them to accuse the NHL...

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