If they won't let Visnosvky stay, Kovy definitely won't be allowed. What happens, we will see...
If there is enough Russian/Eastern European NHL talent, and the high end variety at that, who want to stay for the big rubles in the KHL, there's every bit of chance that the teams start dishing money out hand over fist. It would be up to the IIHF then to block transfer cards allowing those players to stay in the KHL, that is unless the KHL as a league decides to tell the IIHF "screw you" & leave the IIHF. They have threatened to do that before over smaller fish like Radulov. The stakes will be much higher if it's for the likes of Kovy & Ovie.
Edit: The fly in the ointment if the KHL did go the route of dropping out of the IIHF like that might mean them blocking KHL players from the Olympics I would imagine. Wonder if that would be the same case though if they stayed in the IIHF for now & just failed to come to a transfer agreement with the NHL in June when the old one expires.
Edited by ogreslayer, 08 January 2013 - 06:59 PM.
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