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04-21-2012, 05:55 PM
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You missed the whole point of the post.

Point 1 - Tarasenko has stated that Olympics > NHL. Therefore, he'd be very smart to hold off on signing an NHL contract until the olympic participation is verified in the new CBA.

Point 2 - A player CANNOT unilaterally walk-away from an NHL contract and play in the KHL. This violates the "NHL/KHL respect for contract agreement" brokered by the IIHF.
A player CAN unilaterally terminate his KHL contract (by paying 3/4 remaining salary) thereby becoming a RFA.....hence making it legal to sign with an NHL team. This is what Radulov did.
LOLZ. Yeah, all a player has to do to just walk away from a Russian contract is basically pay the team the same salary they'd have paid him out of his pocket. Are the eleventy billion eyerolls implied? Hopefully.

As for the Olympics, I suppose I can't simply say the NHL will be at Sochi for multiple reasons and convince you. Obviously it's an very meaningful issue for the players and it's far less critical for the league/owners. Therefore in the next round of negotiations it will be one of the things ultimately conceded by the owners well before other issues. That's how these things work. There wasn't a lockout in 2004 because of the Olympics.

So I stand by all of what I said.

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