Agreement expected to be signed this week

Updated: May 1, 2007, 4:36 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Having failed in their bid to extort great sums of money from NHL teams with the emergence of phenoms Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, it appears Russian hockey czars are prepared to come in from the cold and sign a transfer agreement with their international colleagues, ESPN.com has learned.

Officials with the NHL, NHL Players' Association and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and representatives from member nations are expected to sign a new agreement this week at the World ...

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