Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/15/06 at 10:41 AM ET
A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday in New York City to determine whether a preliminary injunction will be granted preventing Evgeni Malkin to continue playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. "We don't believe these plaintiffs can establish a case for a preliminary injunction -- either on the facts or the law," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says. "We're hopeful the court agrees." Malkin's former team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and Locomotive-Yaroslavl, another Russian hockey team, are suing the NHL, the Penguins, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers because Malkin, Alexei Mikhnov (Oilers) and Andrei Taratukhin (Flames) were allowed to sign NHL contracts even though they allegedly had binding contracts with Russian teams. "The basis of the suit is that the National Hockey League and its member clubs tortuously interfered with the contracts of these players with the Russian clubs," says New York-based attorney Alexander Berkovich, who represents the Russian teams. "We also claim there is a conspiracy in violation of antitrust law between the NHL and its clubs."continued
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