KHL fights for two high profiled QMJHL prospects

The KHL is in the news again. The last few weeks they are trying to tell the IIHF they have the rights to Krill Kabanov and Stanislav Galiev. Kabanov has his QMJHL rights owned by the Moncton Wildcats and Galiev’s rights are owned by the Saint John Sea Dogs. Both are 2010 eligible.

The KHL is also basically fighting against themselves over Kabanov.

1)The player and his father Sergei, who is compared by someone as Carl Lindros

2)Spartak Moscow, his team until this year

3)Salavat Yulaev Ufa (coached by national team boss Vyacheslav Bykov), his supposed-to-be-new-team

Apparently Spartak Moscow and Ufa made a trade.

In July another KHL team, the ambitious Salavat Yulaev Ufa, run by national team head coach Vyacheslav Bykov, bought Kirill Kabanov’s rights from Spartak for a sum rumored to be around $1,000,000. It’s probable that Bykov offered a lot to the Kabanovs, to Kirill was surely promised a minimum of 10 minutes of ice per game.

I believe Kabanov was set to play in the KHL until he read the fine print of his contract. The contract says he will be in the KHL until he’s 28. The kid’s goal is to play in the NHL. The KHL will put a three year ban on him. Isn’t that shooting yourself in the foot? They are also saying he will be ineligible for the National Team. Shouldn’t that ruling come from the National Federation? Then again, the KHL and the Russia Hockey Federation work together.

Moscow Dynamo is trying to argue they have Galiev’s rights because he came up through their youth system. They are just wining because Galiev had a breakout year with the Indiana ICE of the USHL last year. They released them to play in the USHL. He wasn’t loaned to the ICE. Yes they have his KHL rights but basically they took him off their roster. I believe their claim has no merit.

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