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Medvedev says Radulov is free to sign with Continental Hockey League

From Jeff Klein of the NY Times:

KHL president Alexander Medvedev said yesterday that the “existing gentleman’s agreement” worked out between the NHL, KHL and IIHF in Zurich on Thursday “is not backed by documents,” allowing Alexander Radulov to leave his Nashville contract and go to Salavat Yulaev Ufa because no international agreement had yet been signed when Radulov made his move.

Mevedev said the agreement would be signed “in two or three days, probably Monday,” and that once it is signed, it will “not be retroactive.” Radulov’s move to Salavat is “a situation not subject to dispute,” said Medvedev, who represented the KHL at the Zurich meeting.

Read the entire entry from Slap Shot here.

Medvedev is obviously looking to pick a fight with the NHL. If the NHL and KHL had an agreement in place when it was first reported, then Radulov would not be able to make the switch for next season. However, Medvedev is claiming it was a “gentleman’s agreement.” So, more information is needed on what exactly was agreed to before anything can be substantiated.