NHL confident players will go to Sochi Olympics

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U.S. Paul Stastny, right,  celebrates his second goal of the first period with Craig Smith (15) during the 2013 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championships preliminary round match Russia vs USA in Helsinki, Finland, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  (AP Photo / Lehtikuva, Martti Kainulainen)  FINLAND OUT - NO SALES

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league is "proceeding under the assumption" its players will take part in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

NHL representatives and international hockey and Olympic officials met in Stockholm on Friday in a new round of talks aimed at securing an agreement for the league's participation in the Sochi Games.

While no final deal was reached, the International Ice Hockey Federation said "all signs pointed" to NHL players going to the Olympics for a fifth straight time.

IIHF President Rene Fasel says "we have some issues left, but I, as always, remain optimistic."

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