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11-25-2011, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by brs03 View Post
Last year the Caps had to wait to sign Orlov until March, to keep the contract from counting during that season. Was that only because his KHL season was done already, or is that something that would always apply because of the lack of transfer agreement?

Basically what I'm getting at it, even if Kuznetsov was ready to sign a contract today and guarantee that he'd come over next season, could he? Because if those rumors are true and they've already basically got a deal worked out, this may be the reason nothing becomes official for quite some time. But I don't know the intricacies of the KHL-NHL relationship enough...
no, it had nothing to do with that. orlov didn't want to sign anything while he was still playing under his KHL contract. since his team was eliminated early, he had no obligation and the caps offered him a chance to play in the AHL playoffs. the timing didn't have anything to do with how many NHL service years would count.

kuznetsov has said in an interview that the caps have offered him an ELC already, but he is going to wait until the end of his season to sign it. which is the right move. both Traktor and the russian national team have been very good to him. there's no need to aggravate those relations.

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