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by Alanah McGinley on 11/24/08 at 04:13 PM ET
Press release from the KHL:
The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.
Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.
Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]
On October 16, Mr. Murley was put on Amur’s bid list and began to play in the KHL. The IIHF Disciplinary Committee pointed out that currently there is no valid agreement between the NHL, IIHF and subsidiary associations of it on mutual recognition and respect of contracts.
Having considered the circumstances of the case and the official positions of the interested parties (the NHL, USA Hockey, the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia (IHFR) and the KHL), the IIHF Disciplinary Committee decided as follows:
• To admonish the Russian Hockey Federation for allowing Mr. Murley to play for KHL club Amur without a valid international transfer card.
• Not to apply any sanctions against Mr. Murley and Amur Khabarovsk.
As a result, Mr. Murley has been allowed to continue playing for Amur Khabarovsk.
Update 2:17pm ET: HockeyJoe at Fox Sports 980 contributes some editorial to the matter—
So what’s to stop players from defecting from one league to another again? I’m not seeing where it’s a big deal. This is where the NHL (neé the AHL) really has to be concerned because Murley signed on with Amur Khabarovsk for $500,000 straight up to play there whereas he would’ve made that much with the Hurricanes were he to be called up there.
Murley took the guaranteed payout whereas the NHL and Jim Rutherford got angry about the lack of respect for a current contract when Murley never really had a guarantee that he was going to ever see that money in the NHL.
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