Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Czech's Ready to Sign NHL/IIHF Deal

TSN is reporting that a small majority of Czech league teams are willing to sign the IIHF/NHL deal that covers international hockey including transfers of players between leagues. They had rejected this deal but the NHL has strongarmed them into accepting it. The Russians still will not sign the deal. They want to be able to negotiate player transfers on an individual basis. Likely this will lead to problems for NHL teams acquiring Russian NHL players in the future. Possibly, this may also lead to NHL players leaving the NHL to return to Russia disputing their NHL contracts.

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