BREAKING: Ivan Fedotov Awarded NHL Contract With Flyers; Suspended By IIHF

Russian goaltender Ivan Fedotov's hockey journey has been a rollercoaster of challenges and triumphs, marked by contractual disputes and unexpected twists.

Initially signed by the Philadelphia Flyers on an Entry-Level Contract for the 2022-23 NHL season, Fedotov's plans took a detour when mandatory military service in Russia led him to join CSKA Moscow under a two-year deal.

This decision sparked a heated contract dispute, with both the Flyers and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation asserting their claims over Fedotov's commitment.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) stepped in to mediate, ruling that Fedotov's contract with the Flyers remains valid, extending it to cover the 2023-24 season as well.

However, the IIHF also deemed his signing with CSKA Moscow a breach of contract and imposed a four-month suspension on him from national and international play.

CSKA Moscow also faced repercussions, enduring a one-year ban on international transfers due to their role in the dispute.

This decision paves the way for Fedotov's potential return to the NHL with the Flyers.

However, uncertainties remain as the team assesses their goalie roster and considers whether Fedotov will be brought directly to North America or loaned to CSKA Moscow. Photo Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports