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The 36-year-old Zaripov is free to sign with any team and could be the latest established Russian player to make an immediate impact in the NHL. Agent Dan Milstein said Zaripov is looking for a one-year contract so he can prove himself.

"He's going to be a huge contributor to whatever team that he will choose,adidas Connor McDavid jersey," Milstein said.

Even that is only possible after the NHL ruled that the suspension by the KHL and International Ice Hockey Federation wouldn't have happened under its rules and found Zaripov eager to show he didn't intentionally use a banned substance.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday that Zaripov was cleared in part because pseudoephedrine is not on the NHL/NHL Players' Association prohibited substances list and that he was not allowed to testify at his hearing for the initial suspension . He added that the league approved Zaripov's status after the veteran forward testified last week and it reviewed evidence related to the suspension.

and today I am very grateful to the senior management of the NHL for its decision,Authentic Vincent Trocheck jersey, which provides me the opportunity to do so,adidas Vincent Trocheck jersey, "I look forward to continuing my professional hockey playing career in North America," Zaripov said in a statement.

"Even though I now have a chance to play in the best league in the world, I plan to continue my appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to prove my right case and clear my name."

who had never tested positive for a banned substance before,Zaripov, agreed to submit to additional testing if he signs a contract as part of what Daly called "a meaningful demonstration of good faith and his bona fide desire to safeguard his name and reputation."

Even though he had his KHL contract terminated and was banned by the IIHF until 2019,adidas Jordan Eberle jersey, Zaripov is expected to draw significant interest around the league.

Canadian defenseman Derek Smith and Russian defenseman Andrei Konev. Out of respect for the league's process,adidas Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey,Milstein said teams were initially warned by the NHL about the three players suspended by the IIHF: Zaripov,Authentic Aaron Ekblad jersey, he avoided contacting executives to talk about a contract until Zaripov was cleared.

"Beginning today we're open for business,adidas Aaron Ekblad jersey," Milstein said by phone. "We're going to be talking to a number of teams. Danis wants to win. He's a winner at heart. He's won at every level."

Zaripov won the KHL's Gagarin Cup four times and the world hockey championship three times. He also represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

After a 45-point season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Zaripov led the league with 15 goals and had seven assists in 18 playoff games.

" Milstein said,Authentic Connor McDavid jersey,referring to the Detroit Red Wings great who signed in the KHL last year. "He's an outstanding,"Danis Zaripov has a reputation in Russia what Pavel Datsyuk was here,Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey, world-class player."

A six-time All-Star at home,Authentic Ryan Nugent-Hopkins jersey,Zaripov recorded 121 goals and 135 assists for 256 points in 436 KHL games.

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