Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/23/05 at 02:30 PM ET
Now that the new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by owners and players, TSN has learned the NHL has new a Player Transfer Agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation. Sources tell TSN that the tenative IIHF agreement includes provisions for the orderly and prescribed transfer of all European players, including Russians, an issue which many thought would have scuttled any chance of getting a new deal with the IIHF. The Russians had been insisting they negotiate their own separate agreement with the NHL, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and IIHF president Rene Fasel, sources say, concluded the tentative agreement that includes the Russians during the course of the 310-day NHL lockout.
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