The National Hockey League (NHL) and Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding that regulates player transitions between the two leagues. The agreement respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and obliges both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid conflicts in the process of players moving from one league to the other.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and KHL President Alexander Medvedev signed the memorandum, which is effective for one year until June 30, 2012.
"We believe that the achievement of a consensus on the status of hockey players in both leagues will reflect positively on the broader development of the sport of hockey," KHL president Alexander Medvedev said in a statement.
They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.
— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets