NIN wrote:Furthermore, lets be serious about why this is even happening. It isnt for the scores of other players its about Malkin. The only reason why the Russians chose not to agree with the IHHF (which pays condsiderably well for players of FAR less talent then Ovechkin/Malkin) is for the WJC and the Olympics. After that it doesnt make much sense for them not to agree, but it is possible that they wont just so they could get a couple extra million for Malkin. I doubt it would come to that but it is a very real possibility.
This has nothing to do with Malkin specifically. Russia is pissed they got a few hundred K for Kovalchuk, Zherdev, and a ton of younger players over the last decade. Russia feels they are entitled to soccer style transfer fees to release the players from their contracts as well as compensate the clubs for developmental fees. As I mentioned in my post above Malkin for example has been training with Magnitogorsk for many years. They don't have a US style system where he goes to HS, College, JR teams, etc. Magnitogorsk took him in as a young teenager and developed him. The transfer agreement pays relative peanuts for elite and low level players.