Russian federation refuses to sign player transfer deal

Updated: August 2, 2005, 2:28 PM ET
Associated Press

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 commissioner ...

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