1) The latest in the never ending soap opera that is the Radulov case took another (predictable) turn over the weekend. As we wrote on this very blog last Friday we felt the optimism that this issue might be resolved with the KHL agreeing the arbitration would be deserved ONLY after we heard WHERE the case would be heard. Quoting ourselves from last week:"As we wrote/responded on the well written puckstopshere blog we would feel this was positive ONLY until we hear WHERE this case is going to be heard. (The NHL Never wins in Russian courts and the Russians never win in North America) Until then we are dubious of their intentions, that this move by the KHL may have been an honest attempt to end this dispute with the NHL or it could be mere window-dressing designed to paint itself as the good guy. "
2) Which leads us to yesterday news that the NHL and KHL do not agree on the proper forum to have Radulov’s case arbitrated. The KHL wants arbitration to take place in Russia, the NHL is insisting on the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. Here’s an article from Slate.com explaining the CAS. The Russian position is no surprise. KHL Prez Alexander Medvedev himself said back on September 8 he believed Radulov’s case would be heard in Russia. WE also have said from the start that w would know when both sides were ready for real discussions and the posturing is over when both agree to have a REAL independent arbiter hear this and other grievances
3) If some in the Russian hockey community are understandably suspicious of American courts ability to be fair, why can't they see the NHL might be similarly suspicious of a Russian arbitrator to handle the Radulov matter? Settling the Radulov matter should not be about exacting revenge, it should be about having respect for contracts of BOTH sides. As we have written the NHL is not without blood on their hands in the past with respect to picking up signed Euros either. Its long past time to get this settled so a fair transfer agreement is in place!