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IIHF- From the Russian Point of View

from Kommersant,
Yesterday, the president of Hockey Federation of Russia (HFR) Alexaner Steblin and vice-president of Professional Hockey League (PHL) Vladimir Shalaev one more time made a telephone call to presidents of all super league clubs. The presidents said that their position has not changed. They still insist to include into the text of the agreement that NHL will recognize the Russian contracts between a player and a club. Americans are totally against that. If NHL would go along with Russian proposal, than the agreement is loosing all its sense – the clubs would be able to negotiate amount of compensation directly with each other. Rene Fasel, president of IIHF, was informed about the opinion Russian clubs’ presidents. Today, Fasel should relay this opinion to Bettman. From now on, everything will depend of Americans – if they will not propose another version of agreement, than it would not be signed at all. However, the events might develop in different direction. The heads of the federation have a bit different position towards the agreement. They are sure that if the agreement will not be signed the way it is, than Europe might not get anything at all from NHL.

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