ZURICH, Switzerland - IIHF member associations and leagues gave notice to the NHL, exercising their right to re-open the current IIHF-NHL Player Transfer Agreement. Representatives from the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland met in Zurich and their decision was unanimous. The decision to re-open is mutual as the NHL informed the IIHF on December 11 that the league decided to exercise the same right.
“We listened to the reasons from the associations and their leagues and discussed in depth the most important concerns,” said IIHF President René Fasel who chaired the meeting at Zurich airport. “Following the discussion it became obvious that the concerns made it legitimate to exercise the right to re-open.”
“It is very important to point out that the IIHF members are not seeking confrontation,” said René Fasel. “We have an excellent co-operation with the NHL and it is our intention to keep it that way. But just as the NHL feels that there are points that should be addressed, our members also have proposals about how to adjust certain elements in the contract. And all members have expressed the desire to have an agreement in place with the NHL.”
The current IIHF-NHL PTA was a four-year agreement (2007-2011) where the parties could give notice about a re-opener before January 1, 2008. The PTA regulates all player transfers between the IIHF affiliated national associations/leagues and the NHL. The ice hockey association Russia is not part of the agreement.
If no new agreement is reached, the IIHF-NHL PTA will expire after the 2007-2008 season.