Russian federation refuses to sign player transfer deal
GENEVA -- The Russian hockey federation refused to sign the player transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation, a move the sport's governing body said could jeopardize the NHL's participation at the 2006 Olympics.
The Russians -- the only European federation to reject the deal between the IIHF and the NHL -- didn't sign because their clubs unanimously rejected it at a meeting Monday.
"We do not yet consider the matter closed," NHL deputy
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