Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Vladimir Tarasenko to SKA St. Petersburg
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09-25-2012, 04:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Kshahdoo View Post
Yes, but technically there is no legal NHL contracts to respect for KHL right now because all NHL players are locked out. At least what I think. So NHL doesn't have any rights to tell players what to do. And KHL doesn't care either.
That's not true. There are two different groups of players under contract with NHL franchises: those assigned to the NHL and those assigned to the minors. Those assigned to the NHL are locked out right now, but that doesn't affect those players who are assigned to the minors. Why would their contracts become invalid all of a sudden? Of course the NHL has the right to tell them what to do, that's what the contracts say that they have signed! Kovalchuk doesn't need the approval of the Devils to play for SKA during the lockout, but Tarasenko needs the approval of the Blues to do the same. Yes, he has that approval and therefore he can play, but legally it's not the same situation.

EDIT: Nail Yakupov is a similiar case. Kovalchuk and all the other players who are locked out doesn't need international transfer cards, but Yakupov does because he was assigned to Sarnia (OHL) by the Oilers. Tarasenko was assigned to Peoria, I'm pretty sure he also had to have an international transfer card issued by the IIHF and approved by Hockey Canada.

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