Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart during the national anthem
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Elliotte Friedman shares the latest on Carter Hart's new contract

Published March 27, 2024 at 9:45 PM

Earlier this week, reports surfaced from Pavel Lysenkov of Match.tv in Russia suggesting that goaltender Carter Hart might be nearing a contract signing to resume his professional hockey career despite his ongoing legal troubles.

Hart was removed from the Philadelphia Flyers roster after being involved in an incident during the 2018 World Junior Championship which currently under investigation, along with Dillon Dubé, Cal Foote, Alex Formenton, and Michael McLeod. They are all on indefinite leaves of absence from their NHL clubs and awaiting trial.

The rumors indicated that the KHL team AK Bars Kazan was interested in signing Hart and even suggested that all five players could pursue careers in the KHL. However, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman dismissed the speculation, stating that Hart has not engaged in discussions with any teams, and signing with Ak Bars Kazan is not in the cards.

Despite the rumours, Elliotte Friedman has informed me the rumours are untrue. Carter Hart has not spoken to any teams and signing with Ak Bars Kazan is not happening.

Friedman wasn't alone in discrediting the report originating from Russia. Josh Bailey of Philly Hockey Now also cast doubts on its credibility.

«Asking a Canadian court to grant permission for a player facing a serious charge to leave the country for a nation on which Canada has imposed 153 sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine makes the prospect of Hart playing in Russia before his trial wildly unrealistic.»

Hart, his representatives, and legal counsel have not commented on the rumor.

Hart is set to become a restricted free agent after this season. However, due to his legal situation and inability to leave Canada, it's unlikely that any team will sign him at this point.

Before taking his leave of absence, Hart posted a record of 12-9-3 with a 2.80 goals-against average, .906 save percentage, and one shutout. Throughout his career, he has accumulated a 96-93-29 record with a 2.94 goals-against average, .906 save percentage, and six shutouts.

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