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New NHL-KHL ‘agreement’s worth taking with salt

Per Sport-Express’s Slava Malamud on Twitter:

KHL & NHL have signed a cooperation agreement. Not to be confused with a transfer agreement. Reinforcing the commitment to respect contracts

The KHL’s website posted the details thereof, and it’s a very long list...Which might have something to do with the fact that top prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might choose to leave Russia to play Major Junior hockey.

In any case, here’s the raw translation thereof:

The document includes nine items:

1. On July 1, 2011 the two sides should exchange information about the players who have existing contracts with KHL clubs or the NHL with the name, surname, date of birth, club, the expiry of the contract and the status of the player. At the request of either party, the other party sends a complete copy of the contract hockey.

2. KHL and the NHL are required weekly to update the details of any changes to the contract-based players.

3. Both leagues must exchange lists of free agents.

4. Not later than July 11, 2011 CHL NHL agrees to provide translated into English by a standard form of contract players (one-, two-way viewing and a contract). NHL considering this contract, and, in the absence of questions on each item, undertakes to respect this form of contract - does not enter into contracts with players who have a contract in the KHL.

5. Not later than July 11, 2011 NHL should provide a standard contract CHL player. CHL, in turn, is also studying the contract and, in the absence of questions on each item, undertakes to respect this form of contract - does not enter into contracts with players who have a contract in the NHL.

6. In case of conflict, both parties shall designate their official representatives for the negotiations.

7. According to the negotiations the parties undertake to provide all documents evidencing or otherwise relating to the signing of a player a professional contract with the hockey club.

8. The venue of the negotiations, officials of both leagues will be Toronto or New York.

9. NHL and CHL shall endeavor to reach consensus on each of the disputed contractual status of the player, including cases of labor disputes, contract disputes, etc. In case of failure to achieve consensus, each party reserves the right to act as it deems proper under the circumstances.

- Signed a memorandum - an important step forward in relations between the KHL and the NHL. Nine points of the document will be working for a year, at the expiration of the contract we will be able to assess its effectiveness. I believe that the agreements reached on the status of hockey in the near future will allow the two leagues exist in a single legal field and have a positive impact on the development of hockey in the world, - said Alexander Medvedev, President of the KHL.

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Re: McCollum
A Michigan blog I read has a guy who posts on it occasionally. He’s a former a/b rated nhl prospect from Canada, who,  I believe played at Michigan and is currently at Harvard, studying law to become an agent. He played against McCollum. His scouting report on McCollum was less than the best goalie out there. Perhaps take with a grain of salt, but my understanding is that a/b draft potential made him somewhere between rounds 1-4 in the NHL. He’s graduated from Michigan while playing hockey and is going to Harvard for Law. That’s not something most people can say. I’d love to see his estimate of McCollum wrong. But. McCollum has been less than impressive. Fortunately McCollum could have another 10 years to develop.

Posted by teldar on 07/07/11 at 07:49 PM ET

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Don’t know how I got that on the wrong article. That was supposed to go on the article about camp, not khl-nhl.

Posted by teldar on 07/07/11 at 07:50 PM ET

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In case of failure to achieve consensus, each party reserves the right to act as it deems proper under the circumstances.

In other words, either party can, at the end of the day, do whatever they want.without any regard whatsoever to this agreement.

Worth taking with salt, indeed. smile

Posted by BobTheZee on 07/07/11 at 08:39 PM ET

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