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01-28-2005, 03:06 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
I don't know if there's still a "holding" fee system for veteran European players, but I think it's still in place. As long as NHL teams exercized the option to retain an IIHF player's rights, they could do so.
The ultimate example was Mika Alatalo, who was drafted by Winnipeg in 1990, who held his rights year after year and had moved to Phoenix by the time they finally signed him in 2000.
Otherwise, the player went back in the draft if the team gave up his rights. An example is Jiri Dopita, who was originally drafted by Boston but refused to sign. He was then re-drafted by the Islanders (with whom he also refused to sign, so they traded his rights to Florida who then traded his rights to the Flyers).
As for Malek, he fell into same situation Johan Hedberg did in 1997. Both players' agents miscalculated their leverage with the Flyers and lost out on contracts by insisting on one-way contracts.
Malek is/was represented by agent Peter Svoboda (not to be confused with former NHL defenseman Petr Svoboda), who also represents Cechmanek. He wanted a deal for Malek that was basically identical to what the Flyes gave Cechmanek-- the right to refuse an AHL assignment and return home, forfeiting $700,000 of a $1 M salary if he exercised the option.
He ended up losing out on his window of opportunity in the organization, because there was no way the Flyers were going to bring in Malek on those terms right on the heels of shipping out Cechmanek.
Lastly, Malek is now too old and has too many European league games played to qualify as a prospect under HF criteria.
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