BERN, Switzerland - Hockey's world governing body has ruled that Russian forward Alexander Radulov was wrong to sign for a club in his home country while under contract with the Nashville Predators, but won't be suspended.
The International Ice Hockey Federation says it has no legal basis to suspend him from playing because there is no agreement in place to regulate international transfers.
The IIHF ordered an investigation after Radulov signed in July with Ufa of the new Continental Hockey League.
He still had one year left on a binding contract with Nashville, and the team suspended him indefinitely.
NHL and Russian officials are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday to explore ways of bringing the case to court.