According to Sport.SK, KHL club HC Slovan Bratislava has not been paying its players which is another black eye for the financially struggling KHL.
On November 14, ESPN posted on how the KHL is considering a reduction in the number of teams next year due to financial difficulties. And with Bratislava’s newly founded issues, the KHL’s stability is certainly in question. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first case of KHL teams not paying their players as Medvescak Zagreb’s financial difficulties were widely reported after the 2014-15 season – 15 players filed a grievance with the league.
Bratislava’s roster includes former NHL regulars Jonathan Cheechoo and Kyle Chipchura, as well as NHL call-up goaltenders Barry Brust and Justin Pogge.
Canada’s National Post discussed how the NHL will be luring more Russian players because of the KHL’s struggles.
If anything, the reverse is happening. KHL teams are folding. Sponsorships are drying up. And because of a ruble that is now worth .65 cents on the U.S. dollar, players are no longer making the kind of money that they once were.
Hopefully, the salaries will be paid in Bratislava and this issue will be resolved. Otherwise, players will be forced to boycott games and that is never a good image for any league.