“Sep 6, 4:56 pm EDT
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP)—
Continental Hockey League (KHL) withdrew its appeal on five other player
transfers at a meeting on Saturday between the International Ice Hockey
Federation and nine member countries, but couldn’t resolve the Radulov case, the
IIHF said in a statement.
The NHL and KHL will now go to court or
arbitration to decide who owns his rights. Radulov had one year remaining on his
contract with the Nashville Predators when he signed a deal with
He believes the deal with the Russian team is valid because it was
signed before the NHL and KHL agreed on July 10 to honor each other’s contracts.
The Predators suspended the 22-year-old indefinitely without pay on Tuesday,
the same day the 24-club KHL began its first season of play as successor to the
former Russian Super League.
The Predators didn’t rule out Radulov returning
to the team in the future.
“At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire
to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world,” Predators
general manager David Poile said in a statement. “We will revisit his status at
The KHL withdrew its appeal on five players who were signed away
from the KHL by NHL clubs, including Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nikita Filatov, Minnesota Wild defenseman Tomas Mojzis, Vancouver Canucks center Jason Krog, New Jersey
Devils center Fedor Fedorov and Phoenix Coyotes center Viktor Tikhonov.”
Well you have to hand it to them…the KHL are a sneaky bunch of sob’s. You know they were in Radulovs ear telling him to sign before the deal was in effect. In any case this is a big blow for the Predators not just on the ice but for the marketing aspect as well.
SIDE NOTE: does anyone else find it funny that there’s a club in Nashville and Winnipeg doesn’t have one? Oh well…Welcome to Gary Bettmans’ NHL.