NHL and KHL making nice?

Posted by Richard Pollock in General NHL on September 6, 2008 — No Comments

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News:

In a stunning turn of events, the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation appear to have extended an olive branch to the NHL, which may ultimately lead to a thaw in the frigid relations between the KHL and the NHL.

“We have gone with an open hand to the NHL,” KHL president Alexander Medvedev told thn.com in a telephone interview Saturday. “We are hoping to get a positive reaction from the NHL.”

After a meeting Saturday in Zurich – that included Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson – the KHL and IIHF paved the way for first-round picks Nikita Filatov and Viktor Tikhonov to play in the NHL as early as this season and the KHL agreed to send the Alexander Radulov case to an independent third party for a final resolution.

Read the entire entry here.

Hopefully this leads to a resolution between the two sides.  It would be better for both leagues to enter a relationship which exhibits a mutual respect that fans want.