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If Locked Out, NHL Players Need To Meet KHL Criteria To Play

from Sean Gentile of The Sporting News,

If the entirety of the NHLPA is looking for work in a few days, the KHL can afford to be picky—and that's just what the Russian league will do.

Only "top-rated talent" is welcome, according to Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, and that's according to the league's stated guidelines.

That means that if clubs are looking to sign non-Russian NHL players, they must have played in either 150 NHL games, on national teams, in the KHL previously or won a Stanley Cup or individual trophy.

The rules will go into effect the day the NHL announces the lockout and be enforced until the situation is resolved. Owners maintain that they'll lock out the NHLPA on Sept. 15.

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Zqto's avatar

So, a player like Luongo wont be able to play there?  LOL

His best individual achievment is either a “Mark Messier Leadership Award”  (seriously, how the heck?!?) or a “William M. Jennings Trophy”
Does this stuff counts for their ruling?

How come people that are supposed to make this kind of rules, write then so freaking badly?

Posted by Zqto on 09/11/12 at 03:57 PM ET

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No established NHL player is going to risk life and limb to play over there.  They will play in Europe first.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/11/12 at 04:24 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

reading comprehension?

That means that if clubs are looking to sign non-Russian NHL players, they must have played in either 150 NHL games, on national teams, in the KHL previously or won a Stanley Cup or individual trophy.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 09/11/12 at 08:01 PM ET

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Luongo has played in well over 150 NHL games, and has been on team Canada.  As long as he meets any of those 4 criteria he would be eligible to play.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 09/11/12 at 08:03 PM ET

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Very picky.  Only players of Brett Lebda’s calibre will be allowed into the KHL….

Posted by Garth on 09/11/12 at 08:53 PM ET

Zqto's avatar

Eh, my bad, I read 150 KHL games… 150 NHL games never crossed my mind, since its an even more absurd rule…  As I said, what passes through their mind when creating these?

Posted by Zqto on 09/11/12 at 10:32 PM ET

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