War in Ukraine: could the CH be deprived of the services of Romanov and Dadonov in 2022-23?

It has now been more than four months since Russia began the invasion of Ukraine, and at present there is no indication that a resolution to the conflict seems imminent. I’m not an expert on this, but from what I understand, this is currently the case.

Why am I talking to you about this today? In fact, it’s because Michael Russo and Dan Robson posted a excellent text today in connection with the Russian players who play in the NHL. The two journalists from The Athletic were able to speak to several people in the NHL community, and at the moment there is a big doubt about whether Russian players will be allowed to return to North America for the 2022-23 season .

Obviously, such a ban could prevent league stars like Alex Ovechkin, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kirill Kaprizov (to name a few) from playing next year, but even at CH, Alexander Romanov and Evgenii Dadonov are two guys who could be forced to stay in Russia next season.

We will come back to it.

On the merits, it seems unlikely that Russia will prevent guys who have a work visa for Canada or the United States from leaving the country in the coming weeks. However, the situation is a bit more complicated.

During the 2021-22 season, several European players were able to travel to America without having a work visa due to an exemption granted because of the COVID-19 situation. The guys had to go to Newark, and there their file was processed and they just had to get a US visa when they were going to end up playing in Canada (they had to get it at a US consulate outside the United States ).

Anyway, to simplify things a bit, obtaining the necessary documents has been a challenge for many players and many of them still do not have them today.

For European players who are not in Russia, this should eventually be resolved, but for Russians, on the other hand, it could quickly become a problem since the American consulate in Russia does not currently issue visas.

Thus, we are trying to redirect players to other consulates elsewhere in Europe, but the demand is huge at the moment.

Add to that the story of young Flyers-signed goaltender Ivan Fedotov, who was arrested for failing to complete his military service, and clearly, it becomes a very difficult file.

And this is where I come back to Romanov and Dadonov.

I don’t know if these guys have their papers right now. What I do know, however, is that Dadonov spent the last year in the United States (so he may not have been able to get his papers in Canada last year) and that Romanov is in Russia now. At least he was there a few days ago.

If Dadonov is also in Russia at the moment and the two guys don’t have their paperwork to return to America for the start of the season, the Canadian could be deprived of the services of the two players.

There is still time before the file becomes critical, but already, it is a situation that the CH must monitor out of the corner of its eye. Like all the other NHL teams, by the way.

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