Court may decide on Radulov

Suspensions lifted for Filatov, Mojzis, Fedorov, Tikhonov and Krog

06.09.2008
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Alexander Radulov's transfer to Salavat Yulayev may end up as a court case. Photo: IIHF/HHoF/Matthew Manor

ZURICH -- A meeting with between the IIHF and nine IIHF member federations and leagues was held in Zurich on Saturday, September 6.

The meeting was attended by representatives from associations and leagues from Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.

On July 18, 2008, the IIHF suspended six players from all IIHF sanctioned international competition and further international transfers, pending the legal investigation.

During the meeting the Kontinental Hockey League withdrew its claims pertaining to the following players:

Nikita Filatov (RUS)
Signed by NHL club Columbus Blue Jackets – from KHL club CSKA Moscow.

Tomas Mojzis (CZE)
Signed by NHL club Minnesota Wild – from KHL club Sibir Novosibirsk.

Jason Krog (CAN)
Signed by NHL club Vancouver Canucks – from KHL club Severstal Cherepovets.

Fedor Fedorov (RUS)
Signed by NHL club New Jersey Devils – from KHL club Dynamo Moscow.

Viktor Tikhonov (RUS)
Signed by NHL club Phoenix Coyotes – from KHL club Severstal Cherepovets.

The IIHF suspension regarding these players is lifted with immediate effect.

The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.

The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:

Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk

Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan

The meeting agreed that also these cases will be submitted to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.

The meeting also concluded the following:

++ As of today, the KHL will continue to respect all legally valid contracts signed with NHL clubs and also all legally valid contracts signed with IIHF clubs, subject to the NHL not signing KHL registered players under legally valid contracts.

++ The participating national member associations and leagues expressed the wish to sign a separate player transfer agreement with the KHL and as soon as possible initiate discussions with the NHL and the NHLPA about formulating a new player transfer agreement between the IIHF, KHL and the NHL & NHLPA.

++ The European IIHF member associations formulated an ambition to create a standard player contract in order to strengthen the validity of contracts in IIHF affiliated leagues.

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