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06-05-2013, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by RyanWhite53 View Post
We gave up his rights a few off seasons ago. Once they come over, we have to qualify/sign them to contracts like any other player, regardless if they go back to Russia (or wherever) or not.

But my question is this, is there maybe an unwritten rule, that say, if a player hasn't come over, say 10 years after being drafted, like Korneyev, Alex Buturlin, etc. They are basically released?

Or, if a miracle happens, and say... Korneyev has a Lidstrom-esque season, we can just stake a claim on him before any other team?

Not saying it would ever happen...this is just more for knowing any "Hail Mary" options we have out there...
I don't know how the league is handling the Russian players that have reached UFA age now, would assume they would be free to sign with any NHL team once they are UFA aged. The Habs have a few Russians that I assume they no longer hold the rights to, Korneev, Buturlin, Kruchinin, Sidyakin.

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