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Russia turns down four-year player transfer deal

Updated: May 9, 2007, 1:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Russia refused to sign a new four-year player agreement regulating transfers from Europe to the NHL.

The Russian federation refused to sign because it wants the NHL to honor its league contracts. All other International Ice Hockey Federation member associations ratified the agreement by the Tuesday midnight deadline.

Russian federation president Vladislav Tretiak said Russian clubs agreed "almost unanimously'' not to sign.

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