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BIG IIHF/NHL Meeting Next Month

from Pierre :LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The current IIHF-NHL deal was a four-year agreement that began last season, but gave both sides the option to re-open it before Jan. 1, 2008.

Since they have, a crucial meeting will be held on Jan. 16 in New York between the NHL, IIHF and the European federations. And if they can’t agree to a new agreement?

“It wouldn’t be a good situation for hockey,” IIHF president Rene Fasel was quoted on his federation’s website. “The transfers to and from the NHL would not be regulated. This means that the NHL could offer contracts to European players basically all year and try to lure them in January or February which with the agreement is not possible. The European club would not be compensated.

“It could potentially create a transfer chaos where nobody would be a winner, with the exception of maybe agents and lawyers.”

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