Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/18/06 at 07:15 PM ET
All of these legal battles and the lack of Russian involvement in the NHL/IIHF transfer agreement will impact the drafting of Russian players in the future. Teams won't want the hassle of legal action or want to risk having to pay a large fee to get the player to North America. Those two issues still stand in the way, but at least with legal precedent staying in favor of the NHL, hopefully teams will find the players worth any possible inconvenience. If a judge ever rules in the other direction, watch for a massive dropoff in Russians drafted, particularly in those drafted high. Nobody wants to waste a pick on a player they may never get out of Russia.continued
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