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12-06-2012, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
My only thought would be that him being a RFA nullifies the KHL restrictions and psuedo-lawyers him as having a contract in the NHL allowing him to sign a lockout deal. But I doubt anyone makes an exception for him this late into the season so I have to keep a healthy dose of reservation that this rumor has any truth behind it.
I am sure no exception for him. Magnitogorsk wanted (wants) him for whole season, no only lockout period. According to KHL rules, club can signed 3 NHLers with contract (Malkin, Gonchar, Kulyomin). Ryan is RFA, so he is not considered as NHLer. Yes, there can be gentelmen agreement, that if lockout ends, club will release him .. but as I wrote earlier - Magnirogorsk wants him for whole season. Does not make sense for club to make such verbal (gentelmen) deal.

There is rumour that KHL clubs will be able to sign another NHLer (one per team), so 4 NHLers. But it does not apply to Ryan, he is not consider as NHL because he is RFA, not have NHL contract.

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