A new tipping point in the negotiations between the National hockey League (NHL) and International ice hockey Federation (IIHF) about the participation of NHL players in the Olympics 2018 in Korea can be a draft League in June, said the Federation President Rene Fasel.

The NHL in April announced that will not be stopping the regular season during Games in 2018, and the issue of participation by League players in the Olympics in Pyeongchang closed. Despite this, the Russian NHL stars – Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin – have said they will still go to the Olympics in South Korea.

“Bill Daley came here, we talked about the situation. The Union chief don Fehr could not attend for family reasons. You know, in September we will be talking about logistics and transport for the Olympic games, and by that time, the question must be clear.

Despite claims to the NHL, our doors are still open. Plan B exists. It is difficult to determine the deadline in this situation. There are speculations that it could be the June draft, when will understand the situation with the calendar in the NHL next year,” said Fasel at a press conference to journalists.

The President of the IIHF said the plan “B” in the issue of participation of NHL players in the Olympics in 2018 20.05.2017

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