Yesterday, Rich Hammond of LAKingsInsider relayed a report from the Russia-based Sports Express that Andrei Loktionov has agreed to terms with Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL to play with them for the duration of the NHL lockout.
For most players, this is routine but in Loktionov’s case, this poses a problem. Given Loktionov’s two-way contract with the Kings, in the case of a lockout, he would be assigned to Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate in Manchester – which is just what happened last week. With that, Loktionov is technically not locked out, thus signing in Russia may not be as easy as it seems.
The Los Angeles Kings have yet to comment on the issue but if they see fit, they could make the case that Loktionov is in violation of his contract. It’s too early to tell what, if anything, will surface from this but it certainly is an interesting storyline on an otherwise uneventful newsfront.
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