Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/17/06 at 06:08 PM ET
Hockey stars born, bred and trained -- at great expense -- in Russia are using a loophole in the labor law to get out of contracts with domestic teams and play in the National Hockey League. The growing problem of Russian players fleeing the country mid-contract to play for pre-eminent U.S. and Canadian clubs is costing the Russian Super League millions of dollars, hockey officials say. In recent days, the Westward flight of up-and-coming hockey greats has gained international notice with the disappearance of Evgeni Malkin, 20, Russia's hottest hockey prospect since Alexander Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals.continued...recommended reading...not just about Malkin
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