BREAKING: Flyers Prospect will face a long term suspension

Austin Kelly
August 14, 2023  (11:14)

The IIHF has made it's ruling on Flyers Goalie Ivan Fedotov.

IIHF Decides On Ivan Fedotov's Future

In a statement, the IIHF announced sanctions on Fedotov's Russian club, CSKA Moscow, for the failure for Fedotov to leave CSKA Moscow to join the Philadlephia Flyers. The IIHF found that Fedotov has a legal contract with the Flyers. CSKA Moscow has been handed a one-year ban by IIHF on international foreign transfers until August 10, 2024.
Fedotov, for failing to obtain a release from CSKA Moscow and joining the Flyers, was handed a four-month ban from IIHF competition, making him ineligible for international IIHF-hosted tournaments, but does not impact his NHL eligibility.
The IIHF rules that Fedotov acted in breach or his NHL contract, finding that Fedotov should not have signed with CSKA while having a valid NHL deal, and found that CSKA Moscow improperly failed to raise the matter to the IIHF. Fedotov has been banned from IIHF International play until December 30, 2023.
The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia put out a statement in Russian, confirming the IIHF's decision, adding that CSKA Moscow has been given a seven-day period to decide on acting further in regards to the ruling, allowing for the club to put forth an appeal to overturn, or lessen the one-year transfer ban. If CSKA chooses to appeal, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation says they will give CSKA "full support" in their defense.
Fedotov, 26, is now found to be able to fulfill has contractual obligations to Philadelphia. The CSKA netminder last season had a 14–10–2 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and .919SV% in 26 Games for the club. Fedotov was a 7th Round Pick of the Flyers in 2015, taken 188th Overall.
Fedotov had attempted a move from Russia in 2022, during the ongoing War in Ukraine. Russian soldiers ordered Fedotov to stay in the country until he has served military time under Russia's mandatory conscription. Fedotov was later hospitalized shortly after, and then taken to a Russian military base in order to complete his service.
There hasn't been any confirmation if Fedotov will play for the Flyers or not. The Flyers, who have fellow Russian prospect, Matvei Michkov, their highly touted 2023 1st Round Pick, who is under contract with SKA St. Petersburg until the end of the 2026 season, has been careful as to not cause animosity between themselves and the KHL. Philadelphia tolled his contract over to the 2023-24 season. There is no confirmation at this time if Fedotov is expected to move to North America to play for the Flyers next season.