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11-12-2012, 08:23 AM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Macman View Post
As much as the KHL would love to keep these guys, I think the Sochi Olympics has as much if not more to do with suggestions they remain at home. You can't tell me guys like Ovie, Kovalchuk and Malkin aren't under subtle or even overt pressure to stay in Russia and be better prepared and acclimatized for the Games. Winning a gold in Sochi after going 0-for-4 in best-on-best Olympics so far is the only goal in Russian hockey right now.
As per the IIHF's Transfer Regulations it is almost certain that these guys would be blocked from participating in the next Olympics if they broke their NHL contracts so if they want to increase Russia's chances of winning honouring their contracts is probably the safest route.

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