does anyone know how retiring affects these scenarios?
If Kovy retires can he play in the KHL?
Actually that is interesting since he already play 2 years below the cap rate. So would could possible get an extra thousand dollars...haha.
Contract would get voided, but there is no way this happens. Like .00001% chance. Kovy would lose the chance to play for Russia in the Olympics. Not to mention the KHL/NHL would have a massive fight with each other.
If Kovy really wanted to play in the KHL he would have signed with them 2 years ago.
Radulov was different since he was under an RFA contract.
It wasn't even a contract, was it? He was a free agent whose NHL rights were still owned by Nashville, I believe.
Edit: I went to wiki to check on this:
"On July 11, 2008, it was announced that although Radulov was still under contract with the Nashville Predators for one more season, he had signed a three-year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Radulov had previously notified the Predators organization of his desire to play in Russia, stating that he was being offered better conditions. Immediately after the announcement, the Predators, National Hockey League (NHL), and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) all released statements emphasizing that Radulov's contract obligated him to the Predators through the 2008–09 season and that signing with a team in Russia was a direct violation of an agreement made the previous day between the NHL and all international hockey leagues to respect players' existing contracts. After the IIHF ordered that Ufa void Radulov's contract, Ilya Kochevrin, vice-president of the KHL, argued that Radulov was signed on July 5, before the agreement was made on July 10. While the contract remained disputed, the IIHF suspended Radulov from international play on July 18 as investigations continued, a suspension that was lifted soon as it appeared there was no legal ground to suspend Radulov.
After giving Radulov a September 1 deadline to notify his intentions to return to Nashville, the Predators suspended him, on September 2, without pay for the 2008–09 season."
So Radulov did just decided to stay in Russia because he wanted to, even though he had a year left on his contract, and the IIHF did suspend him.
I was never a big Kovi fan in his early years, but the past few years he's evolved into an even better player and an even better leader... I think he's Russia's captain in Sochi.. A year away folks..buckle up.