July 19, 2008
Alexander Radulov's return to Russian hockey has been put on hold. Radulov and five other players were suspended Friday by the International Ice Hockey Federation, which announced its plans to officially investigate the details of their international transfers.
"Until this investigation has come to its final conclusion and the IIHF has rendered its decisions, all concerned players will be suspended from international transfers and competitions," the IIHF said in a statement released Friday morning. "All decisions will be made in the framework of the national legislation applicable for each player's contract."
The announcement came just eight days after the IIHF, the NHL, the Players' Association and Russia's newly formed Continental Hockey League mutually agreed to respect the contracts of players already under contract in the respective leagues.
Radulov, a 22-year-old Russian who had one year remaining on his contract with the NHL's Nashville Predators, directly violated that agreement seven days ago when he signed a three-year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa. At the time of the controversial signing, IIHF president Rene Fasel informed the Continental Hockey League that the deal was a violation of the new international agreement and asked it to void the contract. A week later, the IIHF decided to further investigate the situation.