Valentenko signed in Russia
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10-30-2008, 12:37 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
If true, and if the clause is respected and he does come back, I feel great about this.
Teams nowadays do that more and more, they are more or less lending him. Maybe he will get more ice time with Dynamo than he would have with Hamilton?
The 3 year deal, I feel, could be a way for Dynamo to protect the asset that they own at the KHL level. Because, say they only sign him for the year they agreed to with the Habs, and then he's UFA in the KHL, they will have acquired him for one year from Neftekhimik (His old team, not Metallurg as I saw posted) and given them Fedor Fedorov for very little. Say he stays in the KHL, because the Habs would have soured on him, they risk losing him for nothing to another KHL team.
This kinda remembers me of those junior league trades where teams trade the rights of players who may or may not ever play in the league again.
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