Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has been suspended from playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League while an international turf war wages on over his status.
Based on talent, Russians comprise some of the top prospects entering the 2010 draft, but the risk of losing them to the KHL has teams scared to select them. In fact, the most enigmatic of the group, Kirill Kabanov, may be the safest selection.
Veteran NHL player Martin Gelinas signed with Swiss club Bern to bolster its European Champions Hockey League campaign.
The NHL board of governors approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday to a group headed by Dave Checketts, the former president of Madison Square Garden.