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Murley cleared to play in KHL

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It hardly ranks as big news, but forward Matt Murley has officially been cleared to play in the Continental Hockey League (KHL).

The Canes signed Murley this year and assigned him to Albany (AHL), only to have him bolt to Russia and the KHL without their approval and while under contract. Carolina suspended Murley, but after the NHL, IIHF and Hockey Federation of Russia all weighed in, nothing could be agreed upon as far as arbitration or a resolution.

The International Ice Hockey Federation today announced it disapproved of about everything involved in the player transfer case but would not issue sanctions on Murley or Amur Khabarovsk, the Russian team. So for now, that's that.


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black ball them

I hope they know they have most likely ruined any chance of playing in North America for any NHL team or its affiliate teams.
No loss for the Cane's, Murley was a warm body.

News Chip?

I has to agree Chip...This aint big news or even worth the effort. But I understand, as some out here have been following this from legal standpoint, and I will really laugh if the economy gets so bad...alot of the teams over there go belly up...then we shall see what kind of money Murley will be begging to play for...Heck maybe he could even play on the jamacian olympic team too...

On a more serious note Chip, I hope and pray you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving together...


Go Turkeys !!! :-0

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.