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KHL Responds To Hudler Situation

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Is peace breaking out between the K.H.L. and N.H.L.?

In his first public statement on the international dispute over Detroit forward Jiří Hudler, K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev sounded a conciliatory note, saying on Thursday that the Russian league would wait for an N.H.L. arbitrator’s decision on Hudler’s status with the Red Wings before registering the contract the player signed with Dinamo Moscow.

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added 6:21pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Holland said he spoke to Hudler’s agent today and the two sides plan to continue to talk over the next two weeks.

While Hudler’s actions suggest he no longer wants to play for the Wings, Holland said he would welcome him back into the fold and there would not be any animosity from management nor players toward Hudler.

“Jiri has tremendous respect for his teammates and the organization,” Holland said. “He was made an offer that, at this stage in his financial career, he couldn’t pass up. I don’t think it had anything to do with the hockey aspect. He was made a financial offer he couldn’t pass up.”

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