Former Hockey Canada goaltender Carter Hart
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Carter Hart rumored to sign with Russian team amidst WJC scandal

Published March 25, 2024 at 3:07 PM

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart may be on the verge of signing a new deal in Russia, despite his involvement in the 2018 World Juniors scandal and ongoing legal proceedings.

With the trial for the scandal not expected for another year, Hart, now a free agent, is reportedly considering a move to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia. A tweet from a prominent hockey account hinted at this possibility.

Hart is currently banned from playing for Team Canada and remains ineligible for the NHL while awaiting trial just like Dillon Dube, Cal Foote, Michael McLeod and Alex Formenton who are in the same situation. However, the KHL seems open to signing him, despite the crimes he has been convicted of.

"He is not allowed to play outside the country while on charge & prior the trial. Thereafter though, depending on the ruling & politics surrounding the situation, I could see him playing in Russia."

With a career 2.94 goals against average (GAA) and a .906 save percentage in the NHL, Hart is looking to extend his career abroad. The 25-year-old goaltender may have already agreed to terms in the KHL, even before his trial.

It remains to be seen whether the NHL or Canadian authorities will allow this deal to proceed.

More details are expected to emerge soon.
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