Catching Up
Monday September 08th 2008, 10:10 pm

There’s no official word on the status of Alexei Cherepanov, though he’s no longer included on the KHL’s most recent list of injured players. Whether that’s because he’s no longer injured or because (having been sent to Avangard Omsk’s farm club) he’s not currently on an official KHL roster is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, the player who replaced him on Omsk’s roster, Anton Malyshev, scored the game-winner in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Lada Togliatti, Omsk’s first win of the season. Malyshev was named 2nd star in the game. Pavel Rosa, who’s been playing on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Jakob Klepis, was a healthy scratch. Omsk’s first goal was scored by Dmitri Pestunov. Jagr was once again held scoreless.

The Hawks play their home opener against Metallurg Magnitigorsk on Wednesday, a game that can be watched live online starting at 8:00am EDT.

There was plenty of news on the KHL-NHL Cold War front over the weekend. Most notable was the olive branch offered by the KHL, which NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly prompty snapped in two and threw back — one half at the KHL and the other in the direction of the IIHF, who Daly accused of pandering to the Russian league. As things stand now, the KHL has dropped its original complaints against the five players who signed with NHL teams this summer while upholding their objections to three more recent signings. In addition, they claim they’ll allow the Alexander Radulov case to go to binding arbitration — the solution offered by the IIHF. Daly, on behalf of the NHL (which boycotted the meeting because the KHL was going to be there — what year is this?) said the NHL will be happy to go that route as well, but doubted the sincerity and willingness of the KHL or Salavat Yulaev Ufa, the team which signed Radulov, to do so. In the meantime, all international suspensions have been lifted, meaning all six of the original players who’s contracts were disputed, including Radulov, are eligible for international competition.

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile, who’s team last week formally suspended Radulov indefinitely without pay, appreciates the NHL’s hardline status — the league refuses to negotiate a transfer agreement until the Radulov situation is resolved — but Poile is among a group that believes that negotiating a transfer agreement is in the best interests of the game.

On completely different topic, that last link also reveals that former Ranger and fan-favorite Jed Ortmeyer is hoping to be ready for the start of Nashville’s training camp later this month. But Orts reports that he’s still suffering from knee pain after ACL surgery last March. More worryingly, he shares that he may be also be suffering a re-occurance of the blood-clot problems he endured as a Ranger — which caused him to miss the first half of the 2006-2007 season — and may have to go on blood-thinning medication as a result.

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    Even though this is a Ranger site could you please insert the progress of John Grahame for Avangard Omsk. Was he the first star of the 2-1 game on 09-07 and is there a video clip anywhere? Thanks.

    Comment by Ruthe Robertson 09.08.08 @ 10:23 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    I’ll do my best to include news on what Grahame does in Omsk. As for Sunday’s game, no, he wasn’t one of the stars (interestingly, the opposing goalie was). Unfortunately, there are no video highlights that I’ve been able to find thus far.

    Comment by laurie 09.08.08 @ 10:46 pm

    Sorry Laurie but that was not any olive branch offered by the KHL, it was a very weak and lame attempt to make the NHL look bad.

    The IIHF embarrassed themselves but not being willing to make a decision one way or another.

    You did not read the entire offer as it was contingent upon the NHL not signing any more KHL players.

    The offer of arbitration was also based on all parties agreeing on who would be the arbitrator.

    Not to mention sorry but on this instance I have to side with the NHL on Radulov.

    How the IIHF could simply not rule that the Nashville Predators did not have a binding contract with Radulov is mind boggling.

    There was no legit reason offered by the IIHF as to why there was any need to send this to arbitration, there was no explanation offered as to who would be deciding this issue.

    What the IIHF did was help give the NHL ammo to not work with them in the future because there was not any sign of legit effort to resolve this, just a weak passing of the buck.

    Comment by Jess 09.09.08 @ 3:08 am

    This certainly is an interesting development. I assume Mike Pelino has returned to MSG by now? I wonder if he stuffed AC into his suitcase before departing haha

    Comment by Amos 09.09.08 @ 11:29 am

    Also, I wanted to mention I saw that same article mentioning Ortie’s continuing knee and blood clot problems. I really hope he’s ok. I’ll never forget one of the many times Jed broke in alone and was stifled by the opposing goalie, and as the cameras faded to commercial, you could see Jed roll his eyes to the rafters and groan “F*CK ME!” haha. what a card.

    Comment by Amos 09.09.08 @ 11:32 am

    Jess – The KHL doesn’t need to try to make the NHL look bad, they’re doing a good enough job of it on their own. I mean, come on, boycotting the meeting this weekend?! They basically said they’re taking their toys and going home until they get what they want. Way to show a willingness to work towards a solution…

    And for the record, I’m on the NHL’s side in terms of Radulov’s contract. But I’m not sure what they expected the IIHF to do. Sure, they could have ruled that Radulov’s NHL contract was valid, but that would have solved nothing. They don’t have the power to force Radulov to leave Ufa and return to Nashville. The best they could have done was extend his suspension from international play (which they should have done, IMHO.) But Radulov’s known all along that that was a very real possibility — the IIHF did it to Chistov, Kaigorodov, Svitov, and Taratukhin last year when they ducked out on their NHL contracts. Obviously if an international ban wasn’t enough to deter him from leaving Nashville in the first place, it wasn’t going to be enough to convince him to go back. So the issue still would have ended up going to court. Instead the IIHF tried to broker a deal. You’ll have to forgive me for not seeing anything wrong with the KHL making that deal contingent on the NHL not signing any more KHL-signed players — after all, wasn’t that what the two leagues were said to have agreed to do 2 months ago? Yet the KHL just lost three more of its young players to NHL contracts…

    The IIHF is stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one. They need the NHL, but they need the Russians just as much. They did what was in their best interest. Frankly, it’s what’s in the best interest of the game long-term too. Now if only the blowhards on both sides would realize it….

    Getting back to something you said said in the previous post…

    After all Bardin does appear to know a thing or 2 about tampering with a player under contract to someone else.

    You mean the same way NHL GMs do virtually every summer when they try to sign their Russian draft picks? I’m all for righteous indignation, but all these kids that come over to the NHL, do you really believe they’re giving their notice and buying themselves out of their KHL contracts BEFORE the NHL team that drafted them contacts them with promises of entry level deals? Lets not kid ourselves here. Filatov was a rare exception in that he gave his notice before he was drafted, and Tikhonov was older so he was already the Russian equivilent of an RFA. But guys like Loktionov, Voinov and Mayorov all had valid KHL contracts they opted to buy themselves out of AFTER they were drafted by an NHL club. You can’t possibly believe they just happened to do so without first being contacted by their respective teams with offers to come to North America this season.

    Amos, Pelino left from Ufa after Omsk’s first game. You’re certainly not the first to suggest this Cherepanov “injury” is all a ruse to get him over to New York. In fact, a couple Omsk fans even seemed amenable to the idea, provided we sent them back our best defenseman. Looking at Redden’s contract, I’m not entirely opposed to the idea. ;)

    Kogan, you can’t go by the roster on the Omsk web site — it’s got 29 players on it, well over the roster limit. And Malyshev, who was the player called up in Cherepanov’s place, has been on it constantly since the start of the season.

    Comment by laurie 09.09.08 @ 1:30 pm

    oh this is great to get updates on jaromir, i will miss him so when the rangers get started… i hope you will do this all year :-)

    Comment by linda.g. 09.09.08 @ 2:18 pm

    I’m with you Laurie, the NHL is holding their breath until they turn blue. It doesn’t solve anything, they could have attended the meeting and made the same statement in person. Unless the NHL realizes that a lack of a transfer agreement is hurting the league more than a single player bolting to the KHL, nothing will ever get resolved.
    I for one refuse to believe that the NHL is the righteous party. In fact, there are no righteous parties in this debacle. Each organization, from the NHL, the IIHF, and the KHL is steeped in shady practices. Come on, it’s professional sports organizations we’re dealing with, do we really expect that no one here has “bent” the regulations before to get what they want?
    Let’s stop pretending that the NHL is innocent, and maybe they can exhale and get down to business.

    Comment by Amos 09.09.08 @ 2:28 pm

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