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11-01-2008, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Joeri Loonen View Post
Today the press service of the KHL published the a press release regarding the transfer of defenseman Pavel Valentenko from Montreal to Dynamo Moscow.

“On October 30, 2008 the KHL reported the introduction of defender Pavel Valentenko on the team list of Dynamo Moscow. The next day the Montreal Canadiens declared about the disqualification of the hockey player. On the information of North American side, Valentenko left the club of Montreal after playing in the American hockey league with the Hamilton Bulldogs and he left to Russia, where, in presence of an agreement with the NHL club signed a contract with Dynamo. The KHL considers it necessary to give explanations related to this transfer.

In the summer of 2007, defenseman Pavel Valentenko held a contract with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk that ran until 2009. He left for the training camp of the Montreal Canadiens. The contract with Neftekhimik was not annulled and at the time of the transfer to the Montreal Canadiens the hockey player's rights belonged to the Nizhnekamsk organization. On October 30, Nizhnekamsk signed a deal with Dynamo Moscow that saw Valentenko be traded in exchange for a draft pick of the 2009 KHL draft. The return of the hockey player to Russia is legitimate and the deal between Nizhnekamsk and Dynamo is realized in complete agreement of the KHL rules, it says in the Press Release.

So by saying that the contract was not annulled, does that mean that they kept paying him even though he was here? If that's not what it means but just that his rights were still his old team's property, that would mean that even with the contract he just signed, we can get him back at any time 'cause WE, now, have a contract with him and his rights belong to us as well....The situation he had with Nizhenkamsk at the time, he's having the same situation with us now....

Do you have the links of both statements? Thanks!

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