...And that is exactly what they are doing. Let's think about it, who the heck is IIHF to begin with? It is an organization that runs international hockey tournaments, that is all. Why is this organization signing the contract with NHL on behalf of european professional clubs is beyond me. For example let's look at the basketball - FIBA is the equivalent of IIHF and all it does just organizes Basketball World Championships. If someone told basketball clubs such as McCabi, Barcelona, Tau, CSKA that FIBA signed the deal with NBA and now any basketball player from Europe can be taken by NBA without buyout FIBA would have been given F*** you the next second. The deal when players can be taken from Europe at fixed (noone knows how these sums are calculated whatsoever) prices is ridiculous. No player is the same, they are all different and present different values to their respective clubs. So how did we end up having such a BS deal for Europe? Simple. European professional clubs trust too much to their hockey federations, which are amatuer organizations and are ran by Fasel. Poor organization of european clubs, lack of proficient lawyers and managers - this all allows NHL to laugh all the way to the bank when dealing with Europe, which under these conditions will stay the same hockey midget until they realize that IIHF is ruining hockey. You can all go to IIHF official website and see what kind of a joke of organization they are. These people can't even build a nice website and provide hockey fans with half decent news. How can you trust them the fate of your hockey future and let them sign an agreement for you? They should absolutely not have anything to do with Russian professional hockey clubs and the deals these clubs want to do when the deal is about Russian players. UN or Greenpeace or anybody else is a better candidate for this - at least they have professionals working for them. That is why Russians are doing the right thing and should keep telling Fasel and Co to stay away from Russian hockey.