There is still no deal to send NHL players to next year's Olympics. But all signs point in that direction, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says ''things are moving along.''
Bettman, union leader Donald Fehr and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel met for more than five hours Monday at league headquarters to work on a deal that would allow NHL players to compete in Sochi. This would be the fifth Olympics for the NHL.
Not everything has been agreed to and the various sides need to meet internally to sign off on any pact. Still, Bettman called Monday's session a ''constructive meeting,'' adding there are still ''some I's to dot and T's to cross.''
But, he added: ''I think it's fair to say that we're not quite ready to announce it's done.''
Fasel was headed to the airport following the meeting and planned to get together with various international groups beginning on Tuesday. Fehr will brief the players during multiday union executive board meetings next week....