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by Paul on 08/10/05 at 03:10 PM ET
Czech and NHL ice hockey officials met for four hours on Wednesday but failed to break a deadlock over player transfer payments, an obstacle to National Hockey League participation in the Olympic Games. "We want an agreement that will be advantageous to both sides," said NHL Executive Vice-President Bill Daly, who attended the talks along with Czech officials and Rene Fassel, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Ted Saskin, the head of the NHL Players' Association.
update 2:59pm, Now this story from the AP,
A final agreement for NHL participation in the Turin Olympics might be close.
Officials from the NHL, the league’s players association and executives of the International Ice Hockey Federation will meet Thursday.
Bill Daly, the new NHL deputy commissioner, and Ted Saskin, the new executive director of the NHLPA, plus IIHF president Rene Fasel and IOC and Turin organizing officials will head the talks.
“I understand the IIHF will have further meetings with participating federations later this week, and we expect to have a definitive answer on the contract by Monday,” Daly said.
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