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12-08-2003, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by montreal
No he doesn't and thats a good point. CSKA wouldn't be able to hold him for the army, but where a problem could arise is the contract between the NHL and the IIHF which is up this summer. With Ovechkin being drafted this summer, you got think whoever drafts him wants to bring him over right away, so the NHL will have a lot of pressure to get a deal done with the IIHF, who would be most likely asking for more money in transfer fees. Kovalchuck cost the most at 500K verus Zherdev who cost 100K. Who knows what will happen though.
There was some discussion about this topic in this weekend's papers. In the Edmonton Journal, speculation was that the Russian Hockey Federation would want to maximize its return for Ovechkin and get more in the range of the $2-3M for him, instead of the $100K under the current agreement. That would be a huge bargaining point for the strong members of the IIHF. The article further pointed out that if Pittsburg carried on its merry way of being a lock for the basement, and then won the lottery, how could they afford the $2-3M if that's what Euro federations could then demand for star players.

Back to the topic (to at least keep my response somewhat Hab related), this is a huge driver for the team to sign Kastsy as soon as possible in the summer to avoid any potentially increasing transfer fees.

Also, that same article pointed to Tikhonov's using "army commitments" to keep players playing in Russia instead of jumping to the NHL (the case in point was Zherdev, and I guess CBJ management contacted the Russian army directly to confirm that there were no further commitments, contrary to what Tikhonov was telling them).

Guess who Kastsy's current coach is...hehe!!

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