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Finnegan Frost
April 29, 2024  (11:13 PM)
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Recent rumors emanating from Russia are casting a shadow of uncertainty over the future of Russian hockey prospects abroad, potentially altering the trajectory of their careers. Flyers prospect Matvei Michkov may be in deep water if these rumours are indeed true.

Reports suggest that the Russian Hockey federation is considering a recall on passport renewals for Russian citizens residing overseas. If implemented, this mandate could force players to make mandatory trips back to Russia to renew their passports, disrupting their training and playing schedules abroad.
Adding further complexity to the situation are whispers of a new policy proposed by the Russian Hockey Federation. Under this rumored policy, Russian hockey prospects aspiring to play in the NHL may be required to complete a mandatory stint in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia before being eligible to pursue opportunities in the NHL. Such a requirement could significantly impact the career paths of current Russian NHL prospects and potentially deter future NHL teams from drafting young Russian talent.
However, it's important to note that these rumors have not been officially confirmed and have been denied by Hockey Russia. Nevertheless, the mere speculation surrounding these potential policy changes has sparked concern among players, agents, and NHL teams alike.
source: flyersnittygritty.com
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