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Talking Escape Clause

With the recent debacle with Datsyuk, why such a concern with an escape clause? The Russians are not part of the IIHF agreement and therefore if you want to sign a player from Russia to play in the NHL, just do it. The only rules that need to be followed are the rules set by the NHL. Kovakchuk is in the same boat. He signed with a Russian team a week or so ago and everyone said it was a fall-back signing. If he could not come to terms with the Thrashers, then he would play in Russia. So the escape clause scenario really doesn't matter when signing a player who has a Russian League contract. Here is an example of another story about Datsyuk. from Russian Prospects,
Pavel Datsyuk closer to rejoining the Red Wings in NHL. RussianProspects.com has learned that Dynamo has matched Avangard’s contract offer, making the young forward obligated to play for the Moscow based club if he decides to remain in Russia. As was the case with Alexander Ovechkin prior to that young forward joining the Washington Capitals, Datsyuk is not likely to rejoin Dynamo after clearly showing intent to leave the 2005 RSL Champion. Furthermore, RussianProspects.com has learned that neither Avangard’s or Dynamo’s offer sheets have been ratified by the PHL, Russia’s professional hockey governing body, which means the young forward remains free to sign a NHL deal until the start of the NHL season in early October.
What does it matter if the PHL ratifies the contract or not? The Russians are not part of the IIHF, if the player signs with an NHL team, what do the Russians do? In my opinion, they have no recourse.

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