Just read an article in the Russian press that quoted the Avangard Omsk president as saying Boat would not be paid nowhere near $4mil. It is indeed a 3-year deal with an option to return to the NHL after one season. At the same time, other sources say that Boat believes Avangard is genuinely interested in him. Looks like he wasn't after the money after all.
???? So is he 100% signed with Omsk then? or is their deal not done yet either? Thats (Frank) confusing, I would rather him not come back anyway, but maybe we can trade his rights away for decent return if its 100% he will come back to whatever team we deal him to.
The NHL should really have something written into contracts that prevent players from just bolting to other countries and holding themselves for ransom. If he was a UFA, fine, but he was an RFA. No other NHL team could pursue him, at least until after arbitration and only when we cut them free (if my understanding is correct), but I guess Russian teams can? He's still under the Blues control as of right now, so why is he signing another contract and playing for a different team?
I guess I just don't understand all the details of player contracts but it doesn't seem quite right to me. I always liked Sobotka, but he suddenly seems to have a really big head. He's a good player, but it's not like he's irreplaceable.
Yeah, this is not very good, and while KHL is not subject to NHL's contractual rules, the NHL players should be. This loophole seems to have existed for quite some time, giving roots to the "Russian factor" phenomenon. Not sure if there's a way to mitigate this, but seems like having a year on the contract with a 27-year old Boat is quite different from the same situation with a 30-year old Boat, and there should be compensation from KHL (probably cash).
Does the NHL poach European players the same way? I know Europeans enter the draft and such but can they come to NHL mid-contract or does that happen once the contract is up?