Fedotov’s KHL deal ends; goalie may join Flyers

Fedotov's KHL deal ends; goalie may join Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Ivan Fedotov had his contract in Russia’s KHL terminated by CSKA Moscow, a move that could pave the way for the goaltender to join the Flyers.

CSKA announced the abrupt termination Thursday with one year remaining on the deal, saying it keeps his KHL rights and “the club thanks Ivan Fedotov and wishes him good luck in further career.”

Messages sent to Fedotov’s agent and Flyers general manager Danny Briere seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Fedotov, 27, is under contract with the Flyers this season after his initial deal, signed in May 2022, was tolled. He attempted to come to North America in July 2022 but instead was taken by authorities to a remote military base in the Arctic Circle for a year of service.

Last summer, after completing that service, Fedotov signed a two-year contract with CSKA. He played for the team this past season, appearing in 49 games through March 8, when it was eliminated in the first round of the KHL’s Gagarin Cup playoffs.

Because Fedotov already had an NHL contract with the Flyers, the International Ice Hockey Federation last summer ruled in their favor and sanctioned him and CSKA.

Fedotov was the starter for the Russian Olympic Committee team at the 2022 Beijing Olympics when it reached the final and lost to Finland.