IIHF finds Radulov in breach of contract with Predators

TSN.ca Staff
10/1/2008 4:03:16 PM
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The saga of Alexander Radulov continues across international lines.

The International Ice Hockey Federation has found Alexander Radulov to be in breach of his contract with the Nashville Predators but he will not be suspended.

With one year remaining on his deal with the Predators, Radulov signed a three-year contract with Salavat Yulayev of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) this summer. IIHF lawyers determined that Radulov's contract with the Predators was legal and binding.

The KHL contends that, with no player transfer agreement in place between the NHL, IIHF and KHL at the time of the signing, the move was legal.

 "Until the court decision, he will play in Russia," KHL chairman Alexander Medvedev told The Associated Press Wednesday.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the IIHF clarified their position in the matter.

"The IIHF does not support breach of valid and binding agreements. However, the current IIHF statutes and bylaws – as well the absence of an agreement regarding respect of valid contracts between the IIHF and NHL – does not give the IIHF legal base to sanction the player from professional domestic hockey."

Last month, the KHL agreed to have Radulov's case settled in court or binding arbitration. The NHL agreed to the proposal but wished to have the hearing held at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, home of the IIHF. The KHL has yet to respond to the request.

Daly met with IIHF president Rene Fasel and NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly in Switzerland on Wednesday to discuss mutual respect of player contracts and a new player transfer agreement.  However Daly was clear that he was unhappy with the KHL's stance.

"The actions of the Russian team and the Russian league in allowing him to continue to play is really a slap in the face to what is a well-established legal principle to respect each other's contracts," Daly told The Associated Press.


Files from the tennesseean.com were used in this report.

Alexander Radulov (Photo: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
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