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Patrick Russell recalled, Valentin Zykov having immigration delays

According to the team’s Twitter account, the Oilers have recalled Patrick Russell from the Bakersfield Condors while they wait for Valentin Zykov’s immigration/travel/visa issues to clear up.

On Sunday, the Oilers made a short announcement via their social channels and website that they have recalled Patrick Russell from the  Bakersfield Condors as they work through immigration/visa/travel delays for the newly acquired Valentin Zykov.

The release stated that Zykov will not be travelling with the team on their upcoming road trip to Dallas and St. Louis and that he remains a non-roster player as things get worked out. The Oilers claimed Zykov off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday morning and it will be interesting to see how long these immigration issues take to resolve and when he’ll be able to make his debut.

As for Russell, he’s played in four games with the Oilers so far this season but has yet to get his first point while averaging to 8:46 of ice time. With the Condors, Russell has amassed five goals and six assists for 11 points in 12 AHL games.

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Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 68 8 9 17 22 -8
2017-18 Bakersfield Condors AHL 68 14 13 27 48 -1
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers* NHL 4
2018-19 Bakersfield Condors AHL 12 5 6 11 4 11
NHL Totals 4

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 12/02/2018 – 1:00 pm MST

  • Spydyr

    This smells fishy. As a professional hockey player would he not already be cleared to enter into Canada? The games he will be missing are in the USA wasn’t he already in the USA playing for Carolina or their AHL team in Charlotte ?

    Why should immigration/travel/visa issues keep him from playing games in a country he is already playing games in?

    Perhaps the MSM could actually do some investigative reporting .

    • Beer_League_Ringer

      Maybe because he will be working for a Canadian “company” (team), which means a shift from paying Uncle Sam to Canadian taxes? My guess is it has less to do with travel than taxation.

      • Spydyr

        That could be right but players are traded between US and Canadian team all the time without delays even Russian players. It just seems there is more to the story. Like perhaps he asked for a few days off for personal reasons.

        • PhiDelt

          I am a CBSA officer….He would need a work visa in Canada because his team is based in Canada. It can be streamlined if his home country has reciprocity agreement allowing Canadians to work there.

          Full or part-time paid coaches and trainers, and professional or semi-professional athletes working for Canadian-based teams require work permits. Given the international mobility in this field, they may be eligible for exemption from an LMO pursuant to R205(b), C20, if they can prove that reciprocity exists for the particular occupation in their home country.

          A full-time coach is a worker who earns significant income from coaching – enough to support themselves. A part-time coach earns a significant portion towards supporting themselves in Canada.

          Professional Canadian teams, for which foreign athletes would require a work permit, include, but are not limited to, those in:
          the National and American Hockey Leagues,

          As well he could have played in Canada before but on a team from the United States, then he is exempt from needing a work Visa.

          Hope this clear things up. Give it a few more days it sorted out. Unless he has some other things (criminal activity, DUI’s , related to organized crime ETC…. or any other skeletons in the closet)

  • toprightcorner

    He would have a work visa for a US company, nobody can have an active work visa with 2 different countries at the same time. Some Russians/Sweeds/Finns etc could have multiple work visas set up and just activate and deactivate within a 24 hour period. It is likely that at Zykovs young age that he only had one for the US and had to apply for one for Canada. It can be expedited but could take 2-3 business days, the weekend causing the delay. He is not allowed to be with the team for any work capacity until he has his work visa, meaning no trip or practices.This actually happens a few time a year in the NHL, we just don’t hear about it unless it happens with the Oilers.

    Reading anything more into the story means your either paranoid, a constant negative fan or both. Not a big deal at all, I doubt he was going to play for the first couple games anyway, at least until after a couple practices as it doesn’t not make sense to make any lineup changes while on a win streak.