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01-13-2010, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by JSaq View Post
And why would the IIHF fight for the NHL, which they dislike as it is, over Ovechkin? The NHL can't pressure the IIHF. If they try to pull out of the Olympics, then they'd probably face more guys jumping to the KHL.
Because Alexander Ovechkin is under contract in the United States.
http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/20...jumping-cases/

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Offending players would also be banned from international competition for one to three years.
The players that would leave under contract would not be allowed to play in the Olympics or other International Competition for that time period anyway.

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