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05-10-2013, 08:36 AM
Holden Caulfield
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Originally Posted by tigermask48 View Post
Can't see how that was true given the way the Kings handled Loktionov during the lockout. Loki pondered the thought of leaving and there were even rumors that he had a deal in place (was it Atlant or Severstal?) with a KHL team and the Kings tried to get him to report to Manchester. When he didn't right away there was a lot of speculation but nothing was ever said by either side whether he had permission or not. Hammond did a few releases saying the Kings weren't exactly thrilled but that they were in a wait and see mode.

Are you pehaps thinking of Moller and DL telling him it was ok for him to leave to play for Skelleftea in the SEL?
Much like Voynov, Loktionov had no choice but to report to Manchester. The KHL is not gong to risk their MOA for a Voynov or a Loktionov. Those guys were under contract with the LA kings and were never locked out NHLers since they could be assigned to AHL. Unless the Kings gave Voynov or Loktionov permission to head to KHL, there was exactly ZERO chance they could have went to KHL last season.

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