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by Paul on 11/01/12 at 01:08 PM ET
Lev Prague bought the KHL rights to Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar as an investment in the future rather than with short-term plans in mind, Lev general manager Normunds Sejejs told R-Sport on Thursday.
With nine games for the Red Wings since signing in 2009, Tatar has previously hinted he will look to Europe if he fails to break into the Detroit roster.
Lev traded its first-round draft picks for the next two seasons to SKA St. Petersburg last week in return for Tatar’s rights and goaltender Jakub Stepanek.
KHL rules on lockout signings prevent a team having more than three NHLers on the roster and Lev has reached the limit, meaning Tatar cannot move yet.
“We can’t use him right now. Maybe we buy the rights for the future,” Sejejs said.
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