On Tuesday, the 26th of December, the KHL Disciplinary Committee studied a submission from the players' union regarding the lifetime ban imposed on Damir Ryspayev following a brawl in a preseason friendly match between Barys and Red Star Kunlun in August of 2016.

After the Committee's delibrations, the decision was made to rescind the lifetime ban and allow Ryspayev to take part in matches held under the aegis of the KHL.

Damir Ryspayev had already signed a two-way contract with Barys. The deal runs until the end of the current season.