Flyers Prospect’s Suspension Upheld by IIHF

Another twist in the saga of Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov and a battle with CSKA Moscow of the KHL in Russia. 

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has dismissed an appeal by CSKA on a contract dispute, and ruled that Fedotov did indeed have a valid contract with the NHL's Flyers, and his signing with Moscow for this season violated international transfer regulations. His suspension through the end of the calendar year is upheld (though he has played for CSKA earlier, defying the ban) and the KHL team will continue to have a one-season ban on international transfers.

Fedotov was detained in Russia and forced to complete his military service last year, and so was unable to play for Philadelphia for the 2022-23 season. His contract was supposed to slide to this season, but instead he signed a 2-year deal with CSKA in the summer.

Even with the ruling, it still appears that "the Flyers’ next chance to see Ivan Fedotov again will be after his contract expires, in 2025", according to Philly Hockey Now. 

Fedotov was named the KHL’s top netminder for the 2021-22 season, and had a spectacular showing at the 2022 Olympics, becoming a top prospect for the Flyers. 

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