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After finding out that Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov had been denied a transfer from the Edmonton Oilers to his hometown team, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov took a look into the sticky wicket that is the fact that the Interational Ice Hockey Federation has to approve these kinds of player moves, and as of yet, the IIHF seems to not want to tread upon the NHL's toes by allowing locked out players to pursue employment in Europe:
An IIHF transfer card is needed for any player participating in any tournament under the IIHF umbrella. It is sort of a permit to play. The KHL and every hockey league in Europe is under the IIHF umbrella. The KHL had its run-ins with the international hockey governing body before, when the IIHF either refused or delayed issuing transfer cards, like in the case with Alex Radulov. On certain occasions, these tensions led to KHL threatening to leave the organization.
"The IIHF is not allowing Yakupov to p...
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Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov will play for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, his agent told the Edmonton Journal Tuesday. Yakupov, the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, could play as early as Saturday, his agent, Igor Larionov, Yakupov's agent, told the paper. The Oilers selected Yakupov, a Russian forward from the Sarnia Sting, as the No....
With another lockout underway, players are looking for places to play. The NHL wants to keep as many players under its control as possible by placing players on entry level deals in the AHL This will likely give the AHL its best group of players ever to play in one season as they will have Jeff Skinner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Adam Henrique and others playing in the league. ...
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson spoke to player agent Steve Bartlett about the owners' lockout's probable duration, and Bartlett suggested that the lockout will be a short one:
“My gut tells me this is going to weeks we’re out, not months,” said Bartlett, who also represented Doug Weight, former captain of the Edmonton Oilers. “I think the tipping point...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
What will referees Stephen Walkom and Paul Devorski and longtime NHL linesmen Jay Sharrers do during the lockout, now entering its fourth full day?
NHL officials won’t be assigned to the American Hockey League unless they are younger and have dual NHL-AHL responsibilities.
Officials aren’t like NHL wingers Jordan Eberle...