As the 2012 NHL Playoffs continue on, teams who have been eliminated will now look to try to keep some of their free agents.
Some free agents however, such as Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin, could potentially be lured away by some deep pockets in the Russian KHL league, according to Slava Malamud of The Sport-Express.
And here goes KHL, doing its thing again. The league announces that all returning Russian NHLers will not count against the salary cap.— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 13, 2012
Malamud continued detailing the issue on his Twitter feed:
Now, each KHL team will be limited to one such signing. Still, this should enable the rich clubs to back up the cash truck to Radulov, Semin. 1 more caveat on the KHL news. The player would have to be approved by national team coaches as "worthy" to be excluded from salary cap.
Essentially, players like Semin and as Nashville Preadtors wing Alexander Radulov could get huge pay days in Russia since the salary cap won't apply to them. The KHL is trying to lure Russian stars away from the NHL with the promise of massive paydays. The KHL hopes that NHL teams won't be able to match these potential KHL contracts because the KHL won't have to battle against a salary cap.