CSKA’s starting goalie for tonight’s game – Ivan Fedotov. pic.twitter.com/XKV51jlsw7
– KHL (@khl_eng) September 1, 2023
In the last few days, we’ve learned thatIvan Fedotov’s NHL contract has been deemed valid. The result? Seeing him sign in the KHL meant sanctions.
That doesn’t mean he’ll be reporting to the Flyers, a club that’s not afraid to draft in Russia – including Matvei Michkov. That said, it does mean that Fedotov has been suspended by the IIHF and that CSKA also has sanctions.
The league’s official account announced, at the start of the regular season in Russia and on the first day of the goalie’s suspension, that Fedotov was his team’s starting goalie.
There are images of him playing soon (in Russia, the time difference means it’s time to play) that are circulating and that have many people wondering.
– Field hockey News Hub (@HockeyNewsHub) September 1, 2023
Sanctions could be imposed, but…
Ivan Fedotov will line up in front of CSKA’s goal tonight for the 1st #KHL game of the season.
Immediate reaction from the IIHF and Luc Tardif, a press release will be published on the website after the game. The Russian club should be subject to sanctions.
– Nicolas Jacquet (@Nico_Jt_) September 1, 2023
It’s like a teacher imposing an hour of copying school rules on a high school student on his lunch hour… and the kid doesn’t show up. You can give him two, three, four or fifty more, if he refuses to show up, it doesn’t change anything.
And this is the case. The KHL has obviously decided not to recognize the validity of the Flyers’ contract and not to recognize the validity of the sanction imposed by the international federation.
More than ever, the KHL has just stated that it doesn’t give a damn about the existing rules and agreements with the NHL. Gary Bettman must not be a happy man at the moment, and I wonder how this will affect diplomatic relations between the two leagues.
– Ken Dryden and the others.
– What will he do?
He’s one of the best managers in MLB. https://t.co/9MNaZq6cIG
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) September 1, 2023
– Listen now.