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07-14-2012, 03:24 PM
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Point of Order:

The NHL recently altered its rules to grant European players the same rights as North American players, enabling a player unsigned two years after his draft to re-enter the draft.

Yet this only applies for players from countries covered by the transfer agreement. Thus this does not apply for Russian players.

As a result, next June when Kuznetsov will have gone two years as Caps property but will not have signed a contract, he will continue to remain Caps property indefinitely because of the lack of a transfer agreement.

In the case of Forsberg, there IS a transfer agreement and a two year clock started at the time of his draft. Had he elected next summer to return to Leksand for a second year, that would have placed pressure on the Caps to get him signed when the season ended, lest he re-enter the draft.

By signing him now instead, the Caps get assurances now; he gets $92K in signing bonus immediately.

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