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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tretiak: Russia Won't Sign Transfer Agreement

Just checking my backswing
Vladislav Tretiak

Despite the NHL and Bill Daly's efforts to call his bluff, Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak is ignoring the NHL's Aug. 1 deadline and refusing to sign the NHL - IIHF player transfer agreement, according to a report that appeared on Reuters earlier today:

Russia will not sign a transfer agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) just weeks after ratifying the deal, the country's ice hockey chief said on Wednesday.

Vladislav Tretiak, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), said the proposed agreement was not in the best interest of Russian clubs.

"We have been in constant negotiation with the NHL, trying to reach a fair deal, but unfortunately we were unable to fully take into account the interests of Russian clubs," said Tretiak.

Russia remained the only major hockey power not to sign the deal, which was approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) last year.

The Russians were expected to put pen to paper after RIHF's executive board voted unanimously to approve the deal in June.

Tretiak has pushed hard for his country to join a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NHL since being elected RIHF president in April. But many top Russian clubs wanted to negotiate their own deals directly with their North American counterparts.

Russia's Sports Minister and former hockey great Vyacheslav Fetisov said on Wednesday he would only approve a 'fair deal'.

Asked if he wanted Russia to join the agreement with the NHL, the former captain of the Soviet National Team said: "Yes, only if it's a fair deal, but I'm opposed to the one that they (NHL) are forcing us to comply with at this time."

IIHF president Rene Fasel has warned Russia that if they continued the stand-off they would risk participation of their NHL players in world championship or Olympic competition.

"There is a danger that if we do not find an agreement with (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman, Russian players will not be allowed to play in Russia next year," Fasel told reporters at May's world championship in Riga.

The Russians wanted all their best NHL players available for next year's world championship to be held in Moscow.

Under the new CBA, the NHL and NHL Players Association can prevent a player from taking part in a world championship without a transfer agreement in place.

Here's to evil, Clink
Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin, the player with the highest profile likely to be affected by this decision, told Sport Express yesterday (Russian Hockey Digest provides their own translation) that he still hopes to leave for Pittsburgh and play in the NHL:

"It is 95% that I will leave for overseas. I know that the management of Metallurg very much wants it so that I would remain, but I have an enormous desire within me to prove my abilities in the strongest league in the world. I definitely think that I should go to Pittsburgh."

Meanwhile, Gennady Velichkin, the GM of Metallurg, is quoted in the same Sport Express article as saying, "The probability that Malkin will remain with our team is very great. I will repeat that his contract with our club does not conclude until 2008."

Malkin is currently in Magnitogorsk, training with the Metallurg farm club and working his way back from a recent operation on his thigh (a haematoma that he developed last season had to be cut away), while the parent club is at a pre-season tournament.


Anonymous the red army sucks said...

I beleive that Tretiak is also the reason that the final permit was not signed which would have had Clapton rocking in red square.

The guy got pulled from the semi-final game at Lake Placid in 1980 and he just tries to piss off anyone he can in a 26-year act of retribution.

Get over it Tretiak. You LOSER!

8/3/06, 2:38 PM

Anonymous alanah said...

Sorry Brushback, but here you go. Apologies.

8/3/06, 9:21 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Great-- now I've got to sift through all of the weird things about me, and pick only five of them.

8/3/06, 11:11 PM

Anonymous alanah said...

No!! Don't place limits, for godsakes. Give me 10. :-)

8/3/06, 11:14 PM


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