The KHL announces massive changes that could impact Ivan Demidov and the Habs

Elias Adaime
July 10, 2024  (12:01)

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We have just received an important announcement involving Ivan Demidov, and it could change everything for the Montreal Canadiens.

As reported by Samuel Doiron, the hockey federation there and the KHL have announced significant changes regarding the transfer of certain players to the National Hockey League.
Yes, this particularly concerns Ivan Demidov.

It will be much easier to bring Ivan Demidov to the Montreal Canadiens

According to Hockey News Hub, the KHL will now interact directly with the Ministry of Sports, thereby gaining much independence in its decisions.
The KHL will continue to respect NHL contracts, and players who wish to transfer leagues will no longer need to obtain a transfer card from the IIHF, nor will they depend on the international department of the FHR or other national federations.
«After the new version of the sports law comes into effect and the regulatory documents of the Ministry of Sports and the KHL are brought into compliance, KHL clubs will not require a transfer card for a player's application.

At the same time, the League will not register new contracts for hockey players who have valid contracts with other clubs or unfulfilled obligations, as well as other circumstances that prevent the signing of a new contract.» - Hockey News Hub

In short, from now on, a team wanting to transfer a player from the KHL to the NHL will be able to do so much more easily.
We are obviously thinking of Ivan Demidov and the Montreal Canadiens.
«The NHL team simply needs to negotiate with the KHL club if a player is under contract. If they reach an agreement, the player can sign in the NHL. The agreement may include a transfer fee.»

Practically, this offers a bit more freedom to players who want to make the jump to the National Hockey League.
This is excellent news for Kent Hughes and for CH fans who are eager to see Ivan Demidov play in Montreal.
If his KHL team ever decides to send him to the VHL, as some rumors suggest, expect the Canadiens to get involved and try to bring Demidov over as early as the 2024-2025 season.
The KHL will remain in the Russian hockey system and will directly interact with the Ministry of Sports, gaining independence from the IIHF and the FHR.

The KHL will continue to respect the contracts of other leagues. Experience with the NHL shows that both parties continue to fulfill their obligations even in the absence of a signed Memorandum.

Previously, in order for a player to transfer from a foreign league, it was necessary to obtain an IIHF transfer card through the international department of the FHR and the interaction of national federations.

A case to follow!
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