KHL teams want to keep Ovechkin, Kovalchuk rather than return 'em to NHL?
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11-12-2012, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for the info.
I still see the IIHF bending under pressure on this one. Sure, with a tier two player they'd no doubt enforce. But if Russians are denied their elite players, the IIHF would have legitimacy problems. It's not exactly a strong organization to start with.
Makes me wonder how much longer pro players will be involved in Olympic hockey. Too many competing interests. And NHL owners sure have the ability to be nearsighted.
You never know but I can't see the IIHF breaking their own rules and risking a run in with the NHL over participation when the player knew ahead of time what the regulations were. Also if I were Bettman and I thought this was a real threat I would make sure everything was clarified with the IIHF regarding this before the CBA was signed.
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