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Russian Players Being Asked to Remain in US Out of Fear They'll Be Prevented From Leaving


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Before Kirill Kaprizov returned to Russia this offseason, Bill Guerin asked his Minnesota Wild star if he’d consider remaining in the United States or spending his offseason somewhere other than his own country.


Maybe on Fisher Island in Miami, where he stayed for a few weeks before signing his five-year, $45 million contract last fall. Maybe even in Norway with his mentor and Wild teammate, Mats Zuccarello.


Brian MacLellan, the Washington Capitals general manager, planned to have the same conversation with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and his other Russian players. In fact, one prominent agent who represents a number of Russian players suggested to his clients they not return home.


“Some Russians should stay in North America this summer,” the agent said. “Just a thought.”


Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began in February and the current friction between Russia and the United States and Canada as sanctions continue to mount, there is concern among some NHL teams and the league itself that the Russian government could prevent Russian players from returning to their NHL teams later this summer.



While that might seem unlikely, nobody knows exactly what will happen when Russian players start arriving at the Moscow airport later this offseason with an expectation they’ll return to North America for the 2022-23 NHL season.


“It’s a big unknown,” Edmonton OilersGM Ken Holland said in March.



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NHL player Ivan Fedotov is reportedly missing in Russia after he was detained for allegedly avoiding military service in the country, according to his lawyer.

The 25-year-old Russian Philadelphia Flyers player was detained in St. Petersburg earlier this week and was told to register with the Russian army.


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  • Phil changed the title to Russian Players Being Asked to Remain in US Out of Fear They'll Be Prevented From Leaving
4 hours ago, Phil said:


That's pretty crazy. But that's harboring a criminal. No?


While we aren't fans of how Russia works in demanding its men to serve in the military (for a year correct?), I'd think that's something they stand strict on.


Past run aways from the 90's and so on, atleast served their time, but now you're talking about a guy who was selling fake military IDs and is wanted for it? 


Is this something the NHL really wants to dig their heels into?

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2 hours ago, Zuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuc said:

What a mess. I hope we have control on Panarin and Igor.


Can't be easy for the players. I know it would be hard for me to not be able to return home and visit your family and friends after the last year or two of chaos.


Agreed. Brutal for anyone with family still there.

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The Athletic reporting that Kaprizov is still in Russia amid this scandal





“We’re trying to find out as much as we can, but we’re not worried too much about it,” Guerin said. “I’ve talked to (Kaprizov’s agent) Paul (Theofanous). We’re not going to push the panic button or anything like that. We’re just trying to gather information right now and find out if this is even credible.”


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