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The KHL has a few curious rules for adding locked out NHL players

Sep 11, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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If you’re a locked out NHL player and you’re eyeing the KHL as a possible backup plan to play hockey, you may be surprised to find out you don’t meet their criteria.

The Russian pro league announced today they’ve got a set of qualifications to help thin the possible herd of incoming foreign players. While KHL teams can claim up to three players, said players’ resumes need to have a few curious things on it (link in Russian, Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov clears some things up):

– 150 NHL games played over the last three seasons

– Must have previous KHL experience

– A national team member in one of the last two World Championships, World Junior Championships, or Olympic teams

– A Stanley Cup winner or finalist or an NHL award winner of another kind

To add to this, the KHL will only pay up to 65 percent of an NHL player’s contract so even if you want to go get paid, you’re not going to get it all. On the upside for the Russian team, that salary doesn’t count against their league’s cap.

With the Swedish league not allowing locked out players in (or will they?) and the KHL having these restrictions, suddenly Finland and Switzerland are looking a bit better for lockout hideaways.

  1. sergeikremlin - Sep 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Sure, the KHL would love to add top level talent like Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin during a lockout, in order to attract attention and attendance for the league, but what they are also doing here is minimizing their opportunity to attract the majority of NHL pros to switch over to their league in the future.

    Let’s face it, the top talent in the world, save for a few rare exceptions, is not bolting to the KHL when NHL hockey resumes. They will play their professional careers in the big show. It’s the “semi-stars”, aging players, and tier-two-and-below talent that could potentially make the jump, but are now being denied the opportunity to experience what the KHL has to offer first-hand.

  2. manchestermiracle - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    So this is really just a way to keep NHL players out, right? The KHL wants only the very best players, but doesn’t want to pay them and expects them to put up with the lower levels of travel, accommodations, etc.

    Off the top of my head I’m guessing there are no current NHL players that would meet those ridiculous requirements. Anybody know of one? It seems a bit contradictory to expect a high-level player (very recent WC, WJC, Olympics, SC) with three-plus years of NHL experience who spent any time in the KHL. Talk about wanting to cherry-pick…..

    • ThatGuy - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      This article’s a little misleading. If you read the Yahoo one, it clarifies that they only need to meet one of the four requirements to be eligible.

      • soj83 - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        that was my first thought when i read this, did the player need all or just one of the requirements. thank you for seeing elsewhere and clarifying.

      • cardsandbluesforever - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        that makes sense. i dont blame the KHL for the restrictions to be honest. they have a lot of players over there already. i would want to only bring in top tier talent versus virtually the entire nhl, why bring in a medeocre nhl player when they already have plenty of medeocre talent of their own. those guys need to earn a check too.

    • 2vm3jq1 - Sep 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Counting the KHL as the Russian Superleague rebranded, Evgeni Malkin meets all requirements.

  3. mclovinhockey - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Oh I thought it was all, I was like so they don’t want a LOT of players huh. That would count out about 99.8% of the NHL

  4. cosmoandmelovepens - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Ya that is pretty much malkin. They still must be upset at what happened when he came here haha.

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