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Russian hockey prez says clubs not happy with deal

Updated: May 8, 2007, 2:25 PM ET
Associated Press

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

Russian hockey federation president Vladislav Tretiak said Tuesday that 80 percent of his nation's clubs were dissatisfied with the terms.

"We are not yet happy," he said. "We are in negotiations."

The International Ice Hockey Federation's national associations have until midnight Tuesday to ratify the latest agreement between the IIHF and the NHL.

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