Found March 15, 2012 on Rock the Red:
Evengy Kuznetsov’s recent statement that he will be staying in the KHL next season sounds like bad news for the Washington Capitals.  The current agreement between the NHL and KHL is for both leagues to respect the other’s contracts, and Kuznetsov would not be eligible to play in the NHL next season if he played in the KHL.  The good news is that Kuznetsov has not signed a new contract yet, so his words are just words, and they may have been uttered for many reasons.  Much like Semyon Varlamov’s posturing last summer before his trade to Colorado, the promise of players leaving for more money in the KHL is a great motivator for NHL teams to pony up the cash to keep certain players or to trade them so they don’t lose them for no return.  Many teams avoid acquiring Russian players altogether, including opting to draft players surer to stay in North America.  In any event, if Kuznetsov wants to play in the NHL, it will be with Washington, as NHL teams retain the rights to European playe...
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