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Holland confirms that Hudler will play in KHL

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The KHL is sort of a hockey boot camp for a lot of these NHL guys (not the best amenities) - Dynamo is at the high end of the spectrum, however.

This is a "fall back" in case he does not come to an agreement with Holland and he does not like the arbitration results. I tend to think this is not that serious because he has the opportunity to be a free agent if the arbitration does not work out.... at the very least, it looks like he is trying to ensure no one but the Red Wings has a shot at him (in the NHL).

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http://www.hokej.cz/index.php?lng=CZ&v...ek&id=44095

Obviously it's in Russian, but it's the first confirmed link stating that Hudler has in fact signed a 2 year deal in the KHL. Whether its leverage for an NHL contract or he's actually intending on playing in Russia is up for debate. Interesting either way.

I obviously don't understand how all this stuff works, but if he's signed, doesn't that mean he's gone?

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The last thing this will give Kenny is "Juicy" cap space. If it does come to fruition this will just make things breathable.

Exactly. Which with what we've had over the last few seasons is juicy.

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We have Tatar here in a few years he's like hudler but a better scorer and a bit bigger, hudler can f*** off tbh...

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I obviously don't understand how all this stuff works, but if he's signed, doesn't that mean he's gone?

No not necessarily the KHL and NHL have no agreement in place, like ones most of Europe have set up now.

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So it's only about the money these days...or friends? Dunno. I thought that Czechs hate Russians.

Political animosities aren't everything and there are other things that play a role too. BTW as far as I know the Finnish have a quite a history with the Russians too, dont they?

According to the cited article, Hudler has been promised to center their first line. This, imho, was much more important for him, although there are other factors: money, distance to Czech Republic, larger rink favors skilled players, ...

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It's all gonna boil down to what the Dynamo are gonna pay him. If its $4 million Kenny's gotta let him walk. If its $3, Kenny surely will use the home-town discount leverage and try and ink him for $2.5.

Holland already offered him a deal at 2.5 million a year and Hudler balked at it. Also you have to take into consideration that the KHL pays their players tax free.

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read the forums much?

In fact I do. Aproximately 5 years longer than you have, but that's water under the bridge. I just decided to start a conclusive thread about the issue rather than fueling a speculative thread that the information could have been lost in. Some people don't want to sift through 5 pages of speculation and opinions to find out what's actually happened.

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Jiri = George

George Hudler that sounds funny.

That is strange since they have people named George in Czech and most Cyrillic (Russia Romania, Slovakia, etc...) speaking countries I thought it was Gerald or Jerry... I am pretty sure Jiri is Gerry or Jerry regardless of your translator program... Czech is a mix of German and Cyrillic...

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Holland already offered him a deal at 2.5 million a year and Hudler balked at it. Also you have to take into consideration that the KHL pays their players tax free.

I know that. My comment was in regards to the home-town discount and the familiarity with his teammates.

Sidenote: That's *if* his KHL team decides to pay their players with checks that don't bounce. :P

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