Thread: Maxim Kitsyn
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01-18-2013, 10:54 AM
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That's so bogus. Why should the Kings be punished while Russia is in theory making money off of him?
That's the way the rules are sadly. Same thing holds true for NCAA prospects... It's all based on age of the player when they sign their first contract. That is why a guy like Elkins was only able to sign a two-year deal with the Kings before becoming a UFA. Same holds true for Kitsyn, if he signs when he's say 23 or 24 he'd be able to sign I think either a 3 or 2 year deal and be a UFA at the end of it. It was rewritten in that way in 2004 to avoid teams doing exactly what was brought up in this thread. Draft a guy from a European league and let him play for 5-6 years there and then sign him after the development is done. Also I'm not an expert of how it works and can't explain the system in detail, so I apoligize if some of the specifics may be incorrect.

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