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NHL officials visit Sochi; Olympics talks continue

Mar 13, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

No news is good news as talks between the NHL, IIHF, and Russian organizers about whether the pros will play in the Olympics continue. At least things are kind of, sort of moving forward according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“We had two productive days of meetings in Sochi,” Daly told ESPN. “Saw and visited all the hockey venues… met with the Sochi Organizing Committee, the IIHF and a number of IOC representatives. There is more work to be done, but it was an important trip for us to make.”

NHLPA reps skipped the trip, having already taken a tour of the Sochi facilities last month. The pros seem gung-ho about heading to Sochi next February, but will still need to sign off on the terms.

IIHF president Rene Fasel still hopes to have a deal done by May. Fingers crossed.

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