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IIHF Decision ‘Soon’ on Goalie Ivan Fedotov; Cutter Gauthier Dominates at Showcase

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Cutter Gauthier celebrates goal at Summer Showcase. (Photo courtesy of USA Hockey)
Cutter Gauthier celebrates goal at Summer Showcase. (Photo courtesy of USA Hockey)

It has been quite a newsy day/week/summer for the Philadelphia Flyers.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Luc Tardif announced that the dispute between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation over goalie Ivan Fedotov’s contract might be close to ending.

The Flyers and the NHL contend they have a valid contract with Fedotov and have asked the IIHF to decide if that’s true.

“We will announce the decision soon,” Tardif told reporters. 

“Why hasn’t the statement been made yet? The IIHF legal authority needs all the documents from each side in this case. If they are available, it will be easier for the Federation to make a decision in accordance with the rules of the IIHF.

“First of all, we will inform the clubs of our decision, leagues, and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. We need arguments and documents from both sides, we need more time, we have to make a serious decision.

“Our decision will be based on respect for the contract.”

If Tardif rules in favor of the Flyers, Fedotov could play in North America in the fall. Fedotov is considered one of the best goaltenders in the world not playing in the NHL. He would be expected to compete for a spot on the Flyers’ roster backing up Carter Hart.

Gauthier Dominates

Cutter Gauthier scored two goals as Team White defeated Sweden, 10-1, in the World Junior Summer Showcase on Monday.

The Daily Faceoff’s Steven Ellis, on location in Plymouth, Mich., wrote about Gauthier: “Expected to be the No. 1 center for USA, Gauthier scored twice and generally played like what we know he’s capable of with Boston College.

“He’s a pro-quality player putting a beating on his own age group. USA is going to be better because of it.”

Flyers forward prospect Devin Kaplan and Cole Knuble also are competing for USA Hockey in the four-team round-robin event.

Also, Gauthier told NHL.com why he missed Flyers Development Camp.

Bump Wants to Transfer From Vermont

Flyers prospect Alex Bump wants to transfer out of the University of Vermont before ever playing a game for the Catamounts. 

Bump was one of the stars of the Flyers Development Camp last month.

And we thought hockey season was quiet in late-July, early-August …

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