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Russian hockey chief explains why no transfer deal

Updated: August 9, 2006, 11:12 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MOSCOW -- The Evgeni Malkin case was the main reason behind Russia's decision not to sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League, the country's hockey chief Vladislav Tretyak said.

Malkin has found himself in the middle of a tug-of-war between his Russian club Metallurg Magnitogorsk and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who drafted him as their No. 1 pick in 2004.

Malkin has stated his desire to join the NHL this season, saying he wanted to prove himself at a higher level. But ...

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