The NHL may be getting closer to a new transfer agreement for players International leagues.
"We've reached a framework for a new transfer agreement," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told TSN during Canada's 3-0 win over Sweden at the World Championship.
"We actually negotiated the terms with the Swedish federation. We presented that proposal today to the other IIHF federations and I think it was warmly received."
Daly hopes the proposal will move to the agreement stage - which he would have to take to the Board of Governors - by next week.
The only potential snag could be with the Russian Federation.
"We had separate meetings with Russia," Daly continued. "They are going to go back, hopefully they'll consider it favourably. We're not necessarily counting on it because obviously the KHL issues are somewhat different but certainly the olive branch has been extended."
The agreement, should it be reached, would be separate from any concerning the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Daly said there was a brief meeting about participation in the Olympics and that the process is still ongoing.