Almost 2 weeks ago we reported that Vitali Kravtsov has a European out clause and can trigger it to go back to the KHL. We can now confirm on the heels of Igor Eronko’s tweet, that we had it with good authority from the Kravtsov camp that this is being considered.
What everyone needs to know is that the clause is for this season only and Vitali can come back as soon as the KHL season ends, likely in February. This same thing occurred with Winnipeg Jets prospect Kristian Vesalainen, so this isn’t unprecedented. (Credit Steven Voogel)
As for reasons, no one can be fully certain at this point but it is more likely financial. Kravtsov ELC only pays him $70,000 in the AHL and he had signed a new deal with his team Traktor in the KHL for more. That is also why Traktor did not cancel his contract so they can retain his rights if he chose to return this season.
The ball is now in the New York Rangers court to decide what they feel is best for developing their prized prospect. If they wanted to, they could get him into the lineup on Thursday by sending McKegg to the press box and Haley to Hartford. But is he really ready? At this moment, it doesn’t appear so.
Stay with us as we follow this story along. Update below.