Hudler to remain a Wing

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  1. mikhail1973

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    Not so fast for Hudler, I guess. The NHL is intervening.

    NHL disputing Jiri Hudler's Russian contract, believes he remains obligated to Red Wings - Detroit Red Wings Hockey: News, Blogs, Photos, Audio, Schedule & Stats - MLive.com

     
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    Ken Holland feels that NHL's decision to dispute Jiri Hudler's signing with Dynamo ties Red Wings' contractual hands - Snapshots
     
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    I have a feeling, Hudler was going overseas as a favour to the Wings.
     
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    I don't know, but the money sure looked good - $5 mil/year with no tax. The most Wings were offering was $3 mil/year pre-tax. So, he'll make at least 3 times more in the USSR.
     
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    Wings in flight....Goodnight?

    By the Numbers: What Detroit Is Really Losing With Its Free Agency Exodus Adam Gretz - The Fanhouse

    "It's been a one-way street out of Detroit this offseason, as the Red Wings have watched Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Ty Conklin and Tomas Kopecky sign with rival teams in the Western Conference, while Jiri Hudler attempts to make a jump to the KHL (even though the NHL isn't all that happy about it). Such losses would be a sizable blow to most teams, but the Red Wings aren't like most teams.

    While it's true they lost some talent and production, and haven't added anything of consequence in the early stages of the offseason, it still shouldn't put much of a dent in the Red Wings' Stanley Cup chances for 2009-10."

    By the Numbers: What Detroit Is Really Losing With Its Free Agency Exodus -- NHL FanHouse
     
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    This is what salary cap does. Give Pittsburgh a couple of more years and they'll be in the same boat. Same goes for Chicago. However, no other team has comparable farm system, that's how Wings manage to stay on top even in the salary cap era.
     
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    Clarification on Jiri Huder's situation: Red Wings can trade him after accepting arbitrator's decision
    Ansar Khan - MLive

    "if the Red Wings accept the arbitrator's decision regarding Jiri Hudler's salary, they still have the option of trading him. The NHL said there are "no restrictions.''

    In that case, it makes no sense for the Red Wings to walk away from the decision and lose Hudler's rights and get nothing for him. They surely would accept the decision and, if it's more than they want to pay, they can move him for a player and/or draft picks, assuming there's a taker.
    So it appears Hudler will remain in the NHL, one way or another, and will not get that two-year, $10 million mega deal from Dynamo."

    Clarification on Jiri Huder's situation: Red Wings can trade him after accepting arbitrator's decision - Detroit Red Wings Hockey: News, Blogs, Photos, Audio, Schedule & Stats - MLive.com



    Report: Russia's KHL will honor NHL arbitrator's decision on Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler
    Ansar Kahn - Mlive

    "KHL president Alexander Medvedev told Russia's Sport-Express that his league would wait for Hudler's potential salary arbitration hearing July 30 before registering the two-year, $10 million (tax-free) contract he signed July 8 with the Moscow Dynamo.

    According to a New York Times translation of the article, Medvedev vowed to work with the International Ice Hockey Federation to uphold the "gentleman's agreement" between the NHL and KHL not to poach players.

    Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he did not know how to interpret the story. He spoke with Hudler's agent, Petr Svoboda, on Thursday. They will continue talking in hopes of reaching a deal and avoiding arbitration.

    "I've spoken to the National Hockey League. They're trying to get in communication with the Russian league," Holland said. "We'd been told to continue with the arbitration process, either negotiate a deal or prepare for the hearing."

    Getting a deal done with Hudler would not necessarily prevent him from playing in Russia, but it would allow the Red Wings to retain his rights if and when he returned to the NHL. Detroit's last offer to Hudler was for five years at $15 million."

    Report: Russia's KHL will honor NHL arbitrator's decision on Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler - Detroit Red Wings Hockey: News, Blogs, Photos, Audio, Schedule & Stats - MLive.com
     
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    KHL vice president believes NHL cannot stop Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler from joining Dynamo MOscow - Snapshots

    as Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggested to MLive.com's own Ansar Khan, the KHL does not believe that NHL players who become restricted free agents, even if they file for arbitration (and Petr Svoboda fully intends to represent his client during Thursday's hearing instead of negotiating a deal with Detroit beforehand), are subject to the "gentlemen's agreement" forbidding both the NHL and KHL from signing players with "operating contracts." No one seems to know whether the NHL plans on taking its protest with the KHL to an internationally-recognized sports arbitration court via the IIHF, but, given the IIHF's inability to police its member leagues, it's hard to believe that such proceedings would result in recognition of restricted free agents' statuses as the property of their NHL teams.
    That's ridiculously hypocritical given the KHL's demand that any restricted free agent (as Dmitry Chesnokov noted) automatically sign a new contract with his rights-holder until he's 28, but that's the KHL for you.
     

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