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07-07-2004, 02:04 PM
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Dynamo Price: 2 Million

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=5609789

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Washington Capitals will have to pay at least $2 million if they want to see Russian forward Alexander Ovechkin in their uniform this season, his club Dynamo Moscow said Wednesday.

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Wow. Steep considering thats the only request of his club and not including the Russian Hockey Federation and the Russian Super League and the government.

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Silly question, but is there anything that outright prevents a player who's breached a contract with another league from playing in the NHL?

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Silly question, but is there anything that outright prevents a player who's breached a contract with another league from playing in the NHL?
With what MLB teams pay for Japanese players, there must be something that prevents it.

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Silly question, but is there anything that outright prevents a player who's breached a contract with another league from playing in the NHL?
The IIHF regulates that.
Not sure if the NHL will honor them tho but if Ovechkin flees Russia illegally and plays for the Caps, Washington will face legal repurcussions. Besides, Ovechkin doesn't seem like that kind of a player. The worst thing that can happen imo is that McPhee doesn't want to pony up the dough and Ovechkin will simply play out his contract and stay with the Dynamos for one more year.

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Silly question, but is there anything that outright prevents a player who's breached a contract with another league from playing in the NHL?
A lawsuit

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With what MLB teams pay for Japanese players, there must be something that prevents it.
The Mariners paid $13M for the right to negotiate with Ichiro.

And then another 12-15M to sign him

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Hopefully McPhee and company will be patient and let the IIHF come up with a new agreement with the Russians which will happen eventually, or at least wait until his current contract expires.

This situation involves more than just Ovechkin and Washington.

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Silly question, but is there anything that outright prevents a player who's breached a contract with another league from playing in the NHL?
I don't know how valid this is but I read once that there is no real action that, in this case, Dynamo could take as far as the hockey club goes. Especially since the agreement is expired between the NHL and the European clubs.

However the tricky part is that the Russian government can prevent him from coming over based on the mandatory military service that all russians have to serve.

Obviously this duty to serve is only an issue if/when the Russians aren't happy. Pay the money and the problem disappears.

I think this same situation popped up with a Columbus player earlier this year (Zherdev?), anyone?

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A lawsuit
But with two countires involved? Good luck.

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It's happened before, tom.

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Hopefully McPhee and company will be patient and let the IIHF come up with a new agreement with the Russians which will happen eventually.
I wouldn't count on it. The Russians apparently have no intention of signing such an agreement, unless it's financially much more lucrative than the expired one.

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I wouldn't count on it. The Russians apparently have no intention of signing such an agreement, unless it's financially much more lucrative than the expired one.
I think it's a good thing that they stand up for themselves. The european clubs should get more for all the talent they export.

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But with two countires involved? Good luck.
Bure, Makarov, Federov with the Union still existing. More recently, didn't Zherdev quit his team and go to Columbus while still under contract?

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It's happened before, tom.
How did the lawsuits turn out?

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How did the lawsuits turn out?
International contract disputes. There are more than you can count.

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How did the lawsuits turn out?
The Zherdev deal had the Jackets settling out of court for a pretty high sum of cash (don't have the exact numbers, but it was several million).

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