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Matvei Michkov: fresh news that embarrasses the Canadiens


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David St-Jean
April 30, 2024  (7:29 PM)
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During the 2023 NHL Draft, the Canadiens had the opportunity to select the young and very talented Matvei Michkov. They decided to pass, along with 5 other teams.

Except for the Blackhawks with Connor Bedard, the other four clubs, including the Canadiens, might bitterly regret it. Indeed, his talent is undeniable, but his three-season contract in the KHL has blocked many.
A twist in the situation, as SKA St. Petersburg, his team in the KHL, is on very good terms with the Flyers and communication is good. So much so that the President of the organization, Alexander Medvedev, would be willing to let him go to North America despite his contract.
"Russian forward Matvei Michkov could don the Philadelphia Flyers jersey as early as next season.

In an interview with the Russian media Match TV, SKA St. Petersburg president Alexander Medvedev did not rule out the possibility of releasing Michkov from his contract with his KHL team so that he could join the Flyers earlier than expected." - Kevin Dubé, via TVA Sports

This is huge, and if Michkov really can come in 2024, at the beginning of next season.
For the Canadiens, it would be a real slap in the face, especially since David Reinbacher is not yet ready to play in the NHL. Michkov would therefore play before him.
"The Flyers' management does not hide its desire to see Matvei join them and try his luck in the NHL.

However, if a player leaves before the end of his contract, he must have a clause stating that he can return here if the Flyers want to send him to the American Hockey League. [...]

I think we will first discuss all the options with him [Michkov]. We will also talk to the Flyers' executives with whom we have very good relations. A decision will be made no later than the end of June." - Via TVA Sports website

Already, there was discontent after David Reinbacher's selection, imagine if Michkov arrives in a few months and becomes a good player. We won't hear the end of it!
Source TVA Sports
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Matvei Michkov: fresh news that embarrasses the Canadiens

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