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by Paul on 02/20/13 at 08:22 PM ET
The NHL is interested in allowing its stars to play at next year's Sochi Olympics but is demanding TV rights concessions and rule changes, the Russian Hockey Federation president and three-time gold medalist Vladislav Tretiak told R-Sport.
Negotiations between the NHL, the International Olympic Committee and hockey's global governing body, the IIHF, were held last week in New York, but the situation remains unresolved.
“In general, there is interest from the NHL,” Tretiak, who is involved on the IIHF side, told R-Sport.
“But they are laying down twerms that can be accepted only at the level of the International Olympic Committee. In the NHL, they want to get special TV rights and, for example, permits for the general manager to enter dressing room.”
Former goaltender Tretiak is part of a group debating the issue within the IIHF, he said.
“I’m a part of a special group that is engaged in this issue, but we haven’t met for some time already,” Tretiak said. “Only [IIHF president] Rene Fasel went to the United States this time and he will present a report on the NHL’s stance on February 25. I think then our group will gather again.”
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