MONTREAL (AP) -The Montreal Canadiens suspended Pavel Valentenko without pay Friday after the prospect left the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs to sign a three-year contract with Dynamo Moscow.
Valentenko was in the second year of a three-year, entry-level deal with the Canadiens organization. He signed with Dynamo at the urging of his family, his agent Rolland Hedges said.
Valentenko will need clearance from the Russian Hockey Federation before he can play for Dynamo in the Continental Hockey League, known as the KHL, according to Hedges.
The NHL is without an agreement with the Russian federation on player transfers. The two sides remain at odds about the signing of Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators to a three-year contract reportedly worth $13 million with Russian club Salavat Ufa last summer.

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